23andMe, the human genome research company that enables users to study their ancestry, genealogy and inherited traits will be moving to a new home in the near future. The company will be relocating its headquarters out of its Mountain View building to Sunnyvale’s new 145,500-square-foot property at 221 N. Mathilda Ave. upon completion of construction. The official move is planned for 2019, according to a statement by the company.
The news was first reported by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
The project in Sunnyvale has been commissioned by Spear Street Capital, which worked with SmithGroupJJR to redevelop a 4.3 acre greenfield site at the northwest corner of the intersection of Mathilda Avenue and West California Avenue, in close proximity to the Sunnyvale station of Caltrain. According to a statement from SmithGroupJJR, the building’s most significant design feature is the striking, custom 2,000-square-foot, laminated glass artwork that will span the building’s east façade. Commissioned from artist Stephen Galloway, known for his large-scale public works, the artwork reflects the site’s history as an orchard. Inside, the unique design continues with floor-to-floor windows and industrial elements that offer an open, modern warehouse feel.
SmithGroupJJR designed the facility to have a strong visual connection to the surrounding community. It is one of the first new buildings to comply with the Peery Park Specific Plan, which calls for updated design and planning standards for redevelopment encouraging Class A office and density.
“We wanted to acknowledge Sunnyvale’s rich history by maintaining a large amount of open space on the site while simultaneously representing its dynamic future,” said Juhee Cho, Workplace Studio Leader at SmithGroupJJR’s San Francisco office in a statement.
The office building features large floor-plates up to 49,500-square-feet, a multi-level parking garage and ample outdoor amenities, such as a prominent deck and a private courtyard with an outdoor kitchen. Additional amenities include a third-level patio, bike repair and storage, lockers and showers and public open space. The site also includes a 1,200-square-foot historic home, which will be rehabilitated as a multi-purpose conference/amenity facility for the future tenant, SmithGroupJJR stated.
23andMe was founded in 2006 by Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey. Today, the company has grown to 450 employees, according to a Fast Company report, with plans to expand by another 200 in the near future. According to Crunchbase, the company has raised nearly $500 million in 11 rounds since its founding. Some of the investors include Sequoia Capital, National Institutes of Health and Johnson & Johnson. Wojcicki is the chief executive of the firm, while Avey has moved on to a new venture, Curious, a personal data discovery platform.