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Stunning Silicon Valley Office Building Amasses International Design Awards

Project name:
Thirty75 Tech
Architecture firm:
Verse Design
3075 Olcott St. Santa Clara, California 95054, USA
Tim Griffith
Principal architect:
Paul R. Tang
Design team:
Acoustical: Salter. Geotechnical Engineer: Langan. Curtainwall Subcontractor: Architectural Glass & Aluminum
Built area:
238,400 ft²
Site area:
118,877 ft²
Design year:
Completion year:
Interior design:
SWA Group
Civil engineer:
MacLeod & Associates
Structural engineer:
Walter P. Moore
Environmental & MEP:
HLB Lighting Design
Truebeck Construction
Tools used:
Commercial › Office Building

Verse Design Increases Developer’s ROI at Thirty 75 Tech and Notches 20 Honors (so far).

A project that Verse Design initially declined subsequently won the firm 20 design awards.

“The developer was a previous client who invited us to compete against several large, well-known firms for an office project,” says Paul R. Tang, Co-Founding Principal, Verse Design. “I brought only spreadsheets to the interview—no designs—having done a quantitative analysis that proved the project as proposed wouldn’t make economic sense for the developer. Annoyed but intrigued, the developer was impressed by our willingness to place the interest of the project above our interest as designers and asked us to proceed. Verse Design devised a solution that ultimately made the Thirty 75 Tech project even more valuable than the developer had imagined.”

The highly performative values embodied in the design of Thirty 75 Tech helped Verse Design win 20 architecture and design awards in 2023, with more pending:

2A Continental Architectural Awards, First Place – Commercial Project

4 Future Awards, Architectural Design Gold Award – Office Buildings

The Architects Community World Design Award – Commercial Project/Built

A+D Museum Award Winner – Large Project

Architecture & Design Community Gold Winner – Commercial Architecture

Build Design Awards Honorable Mention – Architectural Design

Build Design Awards Winner – Architectural Design/Commercial

Build Design Awards Winner – Architectural Design/Sustainable and Energy Saving

The Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award – Environments

Chinese American Construction Professional Award – Excellence in Architecture

DSM Architecture Awards Winner – Public Buildings

Larsen Architecture Awards – Completed Project of the Year

LOOP Design Awards Winner – Architecture/Offices

LOOP Design Awards – People’s Choice

Metal Construction Association Award – Best Building of the Year

Metal Construction Association Award – Best Custom/Ornamental Design

Metal Construction Association Award – Best Solar Project

Metal Construction News Project Excellence Award – Overall Winner

Silicon Valley Business Journal Structures Award – Best Office Project/Medium

Southern California Development Forum Design Award, Citation

Developer MDY Properties engaged Verse Design to create a high-end office building that would attract tech tenants. The architects maximized the site’s leasable space to 246,606 square feet disbursed over six stories—topping other firms’ 200,000 square feet projections and yielding the client approximately an additional $185,000 per month in rent. Further, the team exceeded California’s tough energy requirements without compromising a vibrant identity for the building, which explores the dialectic relationship between performance and expression. To balance the need for energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal, Verse Design created an articulated, louvered screen façade. This mitigates solar heat gain while enhancing the project’s visual appeal, distinguishing it from more generic corporate buildings in Silicon Valley.

The louvered façade comprises custom extruded aluminum “air foil” shapes of varying lengths generated through the synthesis of multiple competing requirements—performative, aesthetic, formal, physical. The realized animated façade is activated with time and light shifts throughout the day and by how the viewer changes position for varying vantage points, the memory erased and re-written by the hour. With each extrusion having the same shape, the different angles of rotation enable the spatial illusions.

The original program for the project only included office space and parking, but Verse Design recognized an opportunity to redefine and reprogram it to better serve the client. By recommending the inclusion of a civic space that engages the community and blurs the boundaries of the site, Verse Design extended the urban fabric to create a project that opens itself up to the community, physically and perceptively.

Although first committed to leasing two floors, tech juggernaut Amazon decided to lease the entire building.


Verse Design approaches architecture both as a physical and social construct. Its designs investigate and reinterpret the multiple facets of lifestyle within the form while its built work merges the poetic with the performative. Led by Paul Tang and Courtenay Bauer, Verse Design works on a range of commissions for international and US clients. Tang is the Founding Principal of Verse Design with sister companies in LA and Shanghai. He was a professor at USC’s School of Architecture for more than 19 years, and the founding Academic Director of the USC American Academy in China. Tang graduated with a B.Arch. from USC and received his M.Arch. from Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a Letter of Distinction. Bauer holds a B.S. in Architecture from the Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) as well as an M.Arch. from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), where she was honored with Excellence in Design. Bauer has taught at SCI-Arc, UCLA, and USC and participates as a guest critic at design reviews at many schools of architecture.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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