General Contractor

DPR Construction, Redwood City, CA


Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Pittsburgh, PA


Pixar Studios, Phase 1

Project Description

Pixar Animation Studios (Phase I): Brick Masonry at Main Building, Entry Gate & Guardhouse. This main building was renamed “The Steve Jobs Building” in November, 2012.

Masonry Materials

750,000 Bricks – A blend of 7 colors designed by Steve Jobs. National Award for Brick & Design

Owner Information

Pixar Animation Studios
1200 Park Avenue
Emeryville, CA 94608

Additional Information

Steve Jobs’ Vision
“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.” 1

This project won a BAC Award for Best Regional Brick Project from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Crafters.
“Pixar Animation’s new Emeryville Studio uses 4-inch thick modular face brick laid in running bond with every sixth course configured as a header course. A wide, yet appropriate, range of material color results in a solid, appealing building complete with a dentiled/corbelled parapet and periodic brick rosettes. Expansive arches are supported by a structural steel tube and shaped angle irons. Base isolators and a Hohmann and Barnard anchoring system mounted to steel studs provide added earthquake protection for the studio’s face brick and precious content.”