In an exciting moment for the project, the Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) Center in Pittsburgh has earned the Jury Prize for Large Office of the Year in Frame’s inaugural design awards. The winning projects were named during an exciting awards event in Amsterdam earlier this week.
Designed by Assembly/CannonDesign, the Uber ATG Center is where the company is researching and developing solutions for mapping, vehicle safety and autonomous transportation. Pittsburgh’s long history of cutting-edge production technology and manufacturing the most essential machines of its age matched perfectly Uber’s desire to launch and build its first self-driving vehicle. The idea of marrying the past and the future became the design inspiration.
Unlike a typical office, the Uber ATG space is for builders. With ample desk room and a table between every pack of workstations, each person can work 360 degrees. Every work area has room for toolboxes, carts, and, of course, prototypes. There are studio spaces, designed for teams of six to brainstorm and hash out specific projects over a set period of time. Each space has an informal area, two small conference rooms, and six workstations.
Housed beyond the rows of workstations and studios is a fully-functional machine shop. Autonomous cars are engineered, built, and tested. After receiving final, finishing touches, they are driven across white tiles into the main central nave. A “Tunnel of the Future,” lined with an evolving series of prototypes, serving as a reminder that success is a process of iteration, to the corten laser cut panels, framed in smoked glass, depicting the birthplace of Uber and ATG, the “City of the Future” may be a place where the vehicles of both design and function may be a think of the past.