Among the big-name tech companies constructing dynamic campuses designed by big-named architecture firms is Google. New visualizations have emerged showing the headquarters in more detail in its location in Mountain View, California. The initial project was announced back in 2015, then Google decided that Bjarke Ingels/BIG and Heatherwick Studio would collaborate to design the home for its employees.
After running into difficulty with permission to complete the 316,000 square meter masterplan, news broke that Google and Linkedin had swapped sites, bringing each of their campuses closer to realisation. Google’s new location was revised in early 2016 and confirmed that it would be sited at Charleston East. The vast headquarters will be topped with an expansive tent-like roof canopy that will regulate indoor climate, air quality and sound. The square plan of the google campus will be surrounded by greenery and landscaping with a multitude of indoor and outdoor spaces.
Furthermore, the ground level will comprise of a series of pavilions wrapping around a public ‘green loop’ that cuts through the building. Cafés and shops will line the artery hoping to enliven the area and create a social and retail destination open to both Google employees and the public.