Nov 08

A Pixar employee tweeted the photo above showing the entrance to the main building on Pixar’s campus newly named in memory of Steve Jobs. Jobs has been the CEO of pixar back in 1986 when he invested $10 million to purchase Pixar from Lucasfilm and sold it 20 years later to Disney for $7.4 billion.

According to Jobs’ recent biography, the headquarters was to be a place that “promoted encounters and unplanned collaborations.”… Jobs also strived for a campus that stood the test of time. Tom Carlisle, Pixar’s facilities director adds that, ”He didn’t want a standard office-park building—one with corrugated-metal siding or ribbon windows. The building had to look good 100 years from now. That was his main criterion.”

Pixar’s campus design originally separated different employee disciplines into different buildings – one for computer scientists, another for animators, and a third building for everybody else. But because Jobs was fanatic about these unplanned collaborations, he envisioned a campus where these encounters could take place, and his design included a great atrium space that acts as a central hub for the campus.

Brad Bird, director of The Incredible and Ratatouille, said of the space, “The atrium initially might seem like a waste of space…But Steve realized that when people run into each other, when they make eye contact, things happen.”

And did it work? “Steve’s theory worked from day one,” said John Lasseter, Pixar’s chief creative officer “…I’ve never seen a building that promoted collaboration and creativity as well as this one.”

Pixar also recently honored Jobs for his contributions to the company in the end credits of its latest animated film “Brave”.

Source [9to5mac]

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