Sokon/SF Motors

Santa Clara, CA

Based in Chongqing, Sokon is one of China’s largest auto manufacturers.  AAI recently completed the design of Sokon’s three-story 80,000-sf US headquarters.  Vying for Silicon Valley’s top talent, Sokon required a world-class building with an innovative look and state-of-the-art technology.  Sokon’s new US home uses crisp white spaces with bold accents of blue, red and yellow and natural oak throughout which is representative of the Sokon brand.  The first floor customer area includes an automobile showroom, lobby and meeting rooms.  The lobby features custom metal panels, cascading circular light fixtures, leather furniture, custom area rugs over polished concrete floors and large video displays.  This floor also holds the café/all-hands spaces, training rooms, game and fitness rooms.  An expansive outdoor dining area extends from the café.  The second floor holds engineering workspaces, labs, conference and open collaborative spaces accented with sculptural plywood screens. All employees benefit from sit-stand work surfaces.  The third floor contains the executive suite which includes the board room, negotiation room, executive dining room and break-out reception areas.

The layout for the headquarters was planned to infuse natural light throughout.  Glass office and conference room walls, open ceilings and benching workstations distributed along the window line bring brightness and vitality to this hub of automotive research and technology.