Akamai Technologies Global Headquarters
Project: Akamai Technologies Global Headquarters
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts – USA
Credit: Anton Grassl
Akamai Technologies, one of the world’s leading companies in the Content Delivery Network field recently re-examined their global headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They previously occupied space in six different buildings within Kendall Square, the fastest growing tech hub in the country. Six locations were found to be difficult for collaboration, innovation, and ideation. Moving to a more consolidated and efficient real estate approach minimizes disruption and missed opportunities, while maximizing the employee and client experience.
Akamai’s vision for their new headquarters is a singular and integrated campus, connecting all departments and groups seamlessly. The 19-story, 480,000-square-foot design strategically organizes all collaborative spaces around a sinuous, continuous path throughout the entire building, encouraging both planned encounters and serendipitous interactions. The path, a mile long experience affectionately referred to as the “Aka-mile”, begins in the lobby at street level, greeting customers and employees with its bold interactive displays and welcoming textures and tones. The Aka-mile arranges many of Akamai’s customer service programs around the first few client reception floors, taking the visitor along a journey of exploration and education around what services Akamai can offer its customers, and how it has become a leader in the tech industry.