The irony was that the most astounding discoveries were usually made in the tattiest buildings. Whether it was Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory, where Crick and Watson discovered the structure of DNA, or Los Alamos, where the first nuclear weapons were developed, the breakthroughs seemed to disprove the notion that there was any link between the purity of the building and the clarity of the thinking that went on inside.
It’s what gets created on the inside is all that matters. The environment should inspire quality work whether it’s messy or stable.
So why are these companies (FB, Apple, and Google) all creating new buildings?