Everything is Connected

Rapt Studio's design for Adobe's new Utah campus brings employees, clients and nature together in the pursuit of innovation.

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Adobe Systems’ 2009 acquisition of web analytics firm Omniture was regarded by many in the tech industry as a bold move, so perhaps it’s fitting that the company’s new campus in Lehi, Utah, makes an equally bold statement.

Home to more than 1,000 Adobe and former Omniture employees, the 600,000-square-foot campus, designed by WRNS Studio, captures the imagination with a contemporary expression, picturesque views of the surrounding Utah Valley and copious amounts of light.

The sense of connection stirred up by both the architecture and natural setting continues inside, thanks to an inspired design from San Francisco-based Rapt Studio. Filled with thoughtful touches, expressive graphics and brilliant amenities, the interiors create a unified culture rooted in innovation.

“As we started to have conversations about what their brand meant to their employees, it became apparent that the way they used to think about the workplace and its connection to its employees had to be rethought in a way,” explains Cory Sistrunk, principal and leader of Rapt’s Branding Design and Consulting practice.

“The intention was to build a space that was true to the local flavor, that seemed genuine, that wasn’t the typical granite-clad office building, and that made a meaningful connection between their employees and the brand of the new Adobe.”

For the design team, “local flavor” included features like a climbing wall, fitness center and an NBA-quality basketball court—cantilevered over a spacious café, no less—all in a nod to employees’ active lifestyles. Floor-to-ceiling 12-foot glass walls along the perimeter provide expansive views of the surrounding valley, as well as spaces throughout the building.

The design is Adobe as it aspires to be in a new era of digital integration. Everything is connected, and everything must work as one.

“The way the master plan was developed, the atrium has the green views, and the landscape basically rolls right through the building,” Sistrunk says. “All of the offices are built inboard and the space is dripping with connections between who they are as a brand, why they’re important to their customers, and why they should matter to their employees.”

The messaging begins from the moment you step foot onto the campus, and is leveraged at every conceivable opportunity. Customers and employees alike are greeted by a wall of monitors in the reception area that show the Adobe logo in close proximity to a collection of customer logos, while bold wayfinding graphics speak to the company’s prominent place at the intersection of technology and design. A well-appointed network operations center showcases the breadth of Adobe’s ability to handle data across the globe, while the customer experience center includes classrooms and other educational settings.

Of course, this campus is more than a mere brand ambassador—it has been designed to serve as a well of inspiration for employees, many of whom commute from cities like Orem and Salt Lake each day. Oversized and stylized typefaces pay homage to Adobe’s place in the early days of computerized type, while themed conference rooms patterned after great innovators connect employees to the past—and, as Adobe hopes, the future.


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