An historic Silicon Valley landmark – IBM's Building 25 – burnt down over the weekend. The building, which was the centre of a preservation lawsuit, had been dubbed the first of the modern high-tech campuses and was also the site where the hard drive was invented.
The building was designed in 1957 and was among the first to break with factory-like workplaces. If featured natirual light and an area where employees could take a break from their work.
IBM scientists at this facility invented the flying head disk drive, the precursor to the modern hard disk drive and the technology that made online transactions possible.
In 1959, visiting Soviet premier Nikita Kruschev was taken on a tour IBM's Building 25, presumably because of its modern and scientific outlook.