First, some numbers and background information to put things into perspective. The McLaren Technology Centre is the headquarters of the McLaren Group and its subsidiaries, located on a 500,000 m² (50-hectare) site near the city of Woking, England. The building’s 57,000 m² of office space is home to approximately 1,000 employees, in an area large enough to hold nine Boeing 747 jumbo jets. The building houses offices, design studios, laboratories and testing facilities for Formula One and high-performance sports cars.
The design was entrusted to renowned British architect Sir Norman Foster and his company, Foster + Partners, who are responsible for iconic landmarks such as “The Gherkin” in central London. The building of the McLaren Technology Centre is a large, semi-circular glass-walled structure. Its continuous, curved glass façade overlooks an artificial lake which forms another semi-circular shape. Viewed from the sky, the building and the lake resemble the Chinese Yin-Yang symbol.