Silicon Labs, a worldwide semiconductor company, reinvented their downtown Austin headquarters to promote connectivity and collaboration across two buildings at 200 and 400 West Cesar Chavez Street. Coming from a 100% closed office environment, Gensler guided stakeholders through studying various open-to-closed workspace ratios and how this affected growth, workflow, and efficiency. To spark employee interactions, each level of the building has a specific destination point connected by a central floating steel staircase. Core amenity and collaboration spaces were redesigned with crisp, clean finishes layered with warm tones and textures expressing the Silicon Labs brand: tech-driven, yet human-centered. Bold furniture colors created cozy seating zones with a nod to Austin’s laid-back vibe. Thoughtful interventions to the base building were made with balconies on the second and third levels, adding an outdoor connection with city and lake views. Just as Silicon Labs technology connects people, their headquarters fosters connectivity, internally and externally.