The architectural “jewel box” known as Building 5 completes Illumina’s new San Diego campus. The 22,000-sq.-ft. amenities center offers a striking visual impact with its quality craftmanship and many high-end, unique features. Building 5 serves as an employee gathering place on the five-building corporate campus. Its concrete and glass storefront opens onto a large courtyard. Inside, employee amenities include a conference training center, fitness center with two high-end locker rooms, a yoga room, and a cafe. A three-story glass and steel water feature creates a dramatic focal point in the terrazzo-lined lobby.
The building’s crowning highlight is the outdoor amphitheater, composed of colored architectural concrete and covering the entire backside of the structure. It features 1,760 seats terraced from the rooftop level down to the ground-level stage, which is equipped with theatrical lighting and high-end sound systems. DPR’s concrete crews self-performed the extensive amphitheater seating work using a custom-designed flying form system.