Google is known for its crazy awesome work spaces around the world. Now, the tech giant just revealed plans to build a new complex on part of their Mountain View, California campus entirely from scratch for the first time. A sneak peek of the 316,000 square meter master plan reveals that they’re collaborating with Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group to design a campus unlike anything Silicon Valley has ever seen!
After inhabiting a variety of workplaces, such as a garage in Menlo Park, a farmhouse in Denmark and an entire New York city block, Google has learned a thing or two about what makes an office space great. The campus buildings will be constructed with lightweight block-like structures, which can be easily moved around as they invest in new product areas, instead of immoveable concrete. Each site will be covered with large, translucent canopies, which will help control the climate inside, but still let in all the sunny California light and air.
In addition to creating a better place to work, they hope their new proposal will lead to more interaction with the local community as well. They’ll be adding bike paths and retail opportunities, such as restaurants and cafes, for local businesses to open up shop. The project is also committed to saving energy and bringing new life into the local environment. The bike paths will weave through trees and other natural landscaping, and Google will even be enhancing burrowing owl habitats and widening creek beds to restore the waterways that feed into the beautiful Bay. It’s a wonderful way to blur the boundaries between office space and nature.
Check out this video of the proposed project from Google:
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