To express the unified aim of all initiatives and programs within the Kapor Center, the proposed design introduces a central circular volume at the heart of the existing structure. Visible on all floors, this distinctive shape becomes an architectural icon for the essence of the Kapor work: connected, open, and democratic. Throughout the building, the circular volume acts as an organizing and integrating principle, linking the various floors and functions, while maintaining the separations needed to meet code and maintain privacy. On the 4th floor, this inner principle of the Center is translated outward and upward into the community through a circular dome with an oculus. This prominent feature acts as both portal and beacon, flooding the building with natural light from above and featuring photovoltaic glass and LED lighting. The architectural distinction of this modern dome calls attention to the progressive energy under your roof: tech-driven innovation with the highest goals of social transformation and equality.
At every level, through every feature, the design will communicate and advance the Kapor mission, combining high tech with humanism. The design aims to be elegant, modern, and harmonious, both in function and spirit. Flexibility allows work spaces that encourage collaboration, camaraderie, and innovation. The architecture is unpretentious and caters to informal social spaces that invite the interaction of staff, partners, and visitors. Efficiency is paramount in the design creating operational spaces that use human and technological resources sensibly, economically, and imaginatively.