CallisonRTKL designed Nokia’s North American headquarters project, which consolidates Nokia’s Las Colinas and Plano locations into a single location in Cypress Waters – a live, work, play development—addressing two of the latest challenges facing today’s corporate end-users: the combined effect of globalization and technological innovation on employee work styles. Focusing the design of the workplace to support a culture shift from a hierarchical workplace for process and individual work to an interactive, team-based collaborative workstyle concentrating on innovation, technology and problem solving were key components in our approach to their design. By creating a centralized campus location, Nokia HQ offers flexible space and encourages teamwork while unifying two corporate cultures and providing a variety of spaces that respects their employees and the knowledge and value they bring to the company.
Like many corporations, Nokia offers flexibility in workplace locations. With two large corporate buildings, their professionals worked where they needed to, including home. While this certainly offered flexibility, building a collegial space that creates interaction points between individuals to speed problem-solving and spark creative ideas was critical to the company’s focus on innovation, teamwork, and attracting new talent. These criteria were something Nokia felt was essential in light of the multiple corporate cultures coming together. The issue of integration, especially in the technological and creative industries, has become a staple in today’s business climate—how to unify corporate cultures in a time when mergers and acquisitions are the norm. In 2015, Nokia acquired Alcatel-Lucent, a global telecommunications equipment company.
Both the Alcatel-Lucent and the existing Nokia Dallas sites had extensive research & development laboratories which represented some duplication as well as inefficiency with staff commuting between locations. This consolidation helps Nokia optimize internal R&D, reduce their real estate footprint and create a central campus focused on their core ideals.
The project consolidates 2,100 employees in two buildings (for a total of 350,000 SF) in Cypress Waters, a mixed-use planned community outside Dallas. The site’s bucolic, lake-side setting and proximity to walking trails, shops and restaurants as well as residential, have proved to be an added enticement to Nokia’s professionals, as well as a source of inspiration to CRTKL’s design team.
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