The Lower Hudson Valley has been home to some pretty stunning office parks in the past few decades.
It’s up for debate, but for my money (which isn’t much) SL Green’s Summit in Valhalla, PepsiCo’s sculpture garden in Purchase and RPW’s 800 Westchester Ave. in Rye Brook are the most jaw-dropping.
As the region courts biotechnology companies in its branding effort, known as “BioHud Valley,” the comparisons are being drawn with Silicon Valley.
Architecturally speaking, BioHud has some impressive real estate, including Regeneron’s office in Greenburgh and Acorda Therapeutics new digs in Ardsley which was recently constructed by BioMed Realty. But will our sites ever hold a candle to the innovative offices parks of Silicon Valley?
The new headquarter renderings issued recently from Google and Apple show how extraordinary these companies are. Take a look:
Apple Inc. is going with the flying saucer look, with an office that is almost entirely enclosed within a circle. The design in somewhat unique – maybe a local comparable is The Centre in Purchase – with an inspiring courtyard in the middle. Whether or not this design will inspire the next generation of iPads, though, remains to be seen.
Then there’s Google, below:
This mega-structure has no comparables in our area that I can think of. With it’s use of green roofs and interconnectivity between all the different structures it’s almost like a modern version of Cohen Brothers’ 333 Westchester Ave. in White Plains.
What do yo think?