Pixar Animation Studios | The Steve Jobs Building
Emeryville, CA
Photos: Sharon Risedorph
  • 220,000 sf
  • $60 million
  • Base isolation

To provide Pixar with a stunning new 16-acre campus, Rutherford + Chekene worked with award-winning architects and Pixar leaders to create a 220,000 sf building that evokes the look of a converted warehouse with hand-laid brick exteriors and exposed bolted steel beams in the interior. The campus’ central building houses offices, a major server installation, a digital theater, sound rooms, screening rooms, a cafeteria to serve hundreds, and a recreation center. Due to the importance of meeting movie release dates, R+C and Pixar chose a base isolation system that would resume operations within 48 hours of a major seismic event.