Google has announced ambitious and futuristic plans for a new headquarters and they read like the stuff of science fiction movies. Located in Mountain View—part of Northern California’s Silicon Valley and close to San Fransisco—the tech giant seeks to develop its existing land into a new campus full of unique structures, retail developments, and park-like landscaping. Surprisingly, it’s the first time Google will design and build offices from the ground up. According to their blog: ” Today we’re submitting a plan to redevelop four sites—places where we already have offices but hope to significantly increase our square footage—to the Mountain View City Council. It’s the first time we’ll design and build offices from scratch and we hope these plans by Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio will lead to a better way of working.”
The Google’s New Headquarters was designed by Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio and according to Google’s official blog, the plans are revolutionary and detail construction, not of large concrete office buildings but “lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily.” The structures will then be covered by large, translucent, climate-controlling canopies which filter light and air, and they’ll feature trees and walking paths to create the ultimate in indoor/outdoor experience—very high tech. Keep scrolling to check out the renderings of the new, awe-inspiring campus. The idea is simple. Instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings, we’ll create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas. (Our self-driving car team, for example, has very different needs when it comes to office space from our Search engineers.) Large translucent canopies will cover each site, controlling the climate inside yet letting in light and air. With trees, landscaping, cafes, and bike paths weaving through these structures, we aim to blur the distinction between our buildings and nature. We look forward to working with our neighbors at the City Council on this proposal—and the future of Mountain View’s North Bayshore.