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BIG and Heatherwick's Futuristic Google HQ Back on the Table After Massive Land Deal with LinkedIn

12:05 - 13 July, 2016
BIG and Heatherwick's Futuristic Google HQ Back on the Table After Massive Land Deal with LinkedIn, © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

The “Googleplex” is back on. After the Mountain View City Council announced last year that they would be awarding the majority of the land needed to construct the futurist masterplan designed for Google by BIG and Thomas Heatherwick to fellow tech giant LinkedIn, the future of the ambitious glass-canopied corporate campus seemed to be dead in the water, with the architects even releasing images of a pared down design that would occupy a much smaller footprint. But all of that has now changed thanks to a surprising property swap between the two companies that will see over three million square feet of real estate switch hands.

BIG and Heatherwick Reveal Revised Plans for Google’s Mountain View Campus

08:00 - 31 March, 2016
BIG and Heatherwick Reveal Revised Plans for Google’s Mountain View Campus, Exterior Rendered Perspective. Image Courtesy of Google
Exterior Rendered Perspective. Image Courtesy of Google

Following the loss of part of their proposed site to LinkedIn and the subsequent reveal of an alternative site, Google has unveiled the revised plans for their Mountain View Campus. Designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio, the original proposal featured several “Lego-like” buildings covered by glass canopies. The new proposal uses similar design decisions, with the building massing adjusted to the new site.

Esquire Interviews Bjarke Ingels on the Google Headquarters, 2 World Trade Center and the NFL

12:00 - 29 November, 2015
Esquire Interviews Bjarke Ingels on the Google Headquarters, 2 World Trade Center and the NFL, © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

This past February, BIG and Heatherwick Studio unveiled their designs for Google’s new Mountain View Headquarters in California. The project, which will be built by robots, faced sizeable critique, as well as site complications—that have since been resolved—over the past year. Now, as a part of Esquire’s 2015 Breakouts, Bjarke Ingels—founder of BIG—is speaking out about how the firm won the Google bid, and why the headquarters could create a new mold for Silicon Valley urbanism. Ingels goes on to discuss other major BIG projects, like 2 World Trade Center, and an upcoming NFL stadium. Read the full Esquire interview, here.

New Site Revealed for BIG and Heatherwick-Designed Google HQ Expansion

14:00 - 1 June, 2015
New Site Revealed for BIG and Heatherwick-Designed Google HQ Expansion, © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

Google has found another way to realize its futuristic Mountain View headquarter's expansion. As the San Jose Mercury News reports, the search engine giant revealed plans to utilize a vacant site just east of their existing Googleplex that was approved by the city almost a decade ago to host nearly 600,000 square-feet of office and commercial space. The approval occurred prior to the city implementing strict legislation that restricts office expansions in the North Bayshore district, therefore Google's entitlement is essentially "grandfathered in."

Elastic / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design

13:00 - 23 May, 2015
Elastic / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design, © Joe Fletcher Photography
© Joe Fletcher Photography

© Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography +11

BIG and Heatherwick Trudge On with Googleplex Plans

15:30 - 12 May, 2015
BIG and Heatherwick Trudge On with Googleplex Plans , Courtesy of Bloomberg Businessweek
Courtesy of Bloomberg Businessweek

"Google now has to convince its hometown that its intentions are non-evil," commented Bloomberg Businessweek's Brad Stone on "Building Planet Google." Referring to the City of Mountain View's decision to award land to LinkedIn over Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick's proposed Googleplex in fear of becoming a "one-corporation town," Stone details the backstory of the futuristic plans and how the architects haven't given up yet. "Neither us or Heatherwick are in the business of producing a pretty painting,” Ingels said to Stone. Read the complete story here.  

BIG and Heatherwick's Futuristic Google HQ Proposal Loses to LinkedIn

16:13 - 7 May, 2015
BIG and Heatherwick's Futuristic Google HQ Proposal Loses to LinkedIn, © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

Google's ambitious plans to expand its California headquarters in Mountain View took a major blow last night when council members announced their decision to award LinkedIn three-quarters of the North Bayshore area site. With just 500,000 square-feet of area to work with, Google would only be able to construct one of its four proposed buildings.

Unveiled earlier this year, the company's futuristic "Googleplex," designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio, gained international attention for its outlandish plans to build four Lego-like buildings beneath a cluster of translucent canopies.

As The New York Times reports, LinkedIn won the council over by promising to "preserve business diversity."

See BIG & Heatherwick's Design for Google's California Headquarters

13:37 - 27 February, 2015
See BIG & Heatherwick's Design for Google's California Headquarters, © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

Images have been unveiled of BIG and Heatherwick Studio’s design for Google’s Mountain View headquarters. The plan, submitted to city council today, proposes to redevelop and expand the company’s home office with a series of lightweight canopy-like structures organized within a flexible landscape of bicycle paths and commercial opportunities for local companies. 

"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,” says Google. “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… 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.”

A video about the design and a statement from Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick, after the break. 

© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio +10

Google Taps BIG and Heatherwick to Design New California Headquarters

11:30 - 25 February, 2015
Google Taps BIG and Heatherwick to Design New California Headquarters , Image: Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick
Image: Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick

The City of Mountain View is expected to receive a massive proposal from the city’s largest employer; reports confirm that Google has enlisted Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Heatherwick Studio to design its new California headquarters. With the few details released, it is unclear if the proposal plans to update the company’s existing 3.1 million-square-foot Googleplex or replace it. However, as the New York Times reports, the proposal will boast a “series of canopy-like buildings” on a campus organized around bicycle and pedestrian paths.

This means Google is now joining a list of powerful corporations who have enlisted world-renowned architects to design their California headquarters, including Apple’s Foster + Partners-designed “spaceship” and Facebook’s Gehry-Esque 10-acre “room.” If approved, Google will shift its focus on new housing, ensuring there is enough living space within Mountain View to accommodate its growing workforce (a topic of concern for many residents).

The proposal will be submitted to the city this Friday. Take a look at the company’s existing Mountain View headquarters, after the break. 

Mountain View Residence / Atelier Hsu

01:00 - 1 October, 2014
© Mark Luthringer
© Mark Luthringer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mountain View, CA, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Juliet Hsu, Atelier Hsu
  • Area

    2200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Mark Luthringer © Mark Luthringer © Mark Luthringer © Mark Luthringer +13

The Pros & Cons of Living With Google

00:00 - 4 March, 2014
The Pros & Cons of Living With Google, Google's New Campus / NBBJ. Image © NBBJ
Google's New Campus / NBBJ. Image © NBBJ

"Some days it feels like Google is taking over the world." In an article for The Verge Sean Hollister investigates how Google now represents one tenth of Mountain View, the city which hosts the company's Californian headquarters. Having one of the world's largest tech companies on their doorstep is a cause of concern for residents, some of whom are now referring to their home as Googleville. Having just bought the lease for a former military airport some city council members are seeing the expansionist move as a step too far - read the article in full here.

Google Collaborates with NBBJ to Expand California Headquarters

00:00 - 25 February, 2013
Google Collaborates with NBBJ to Expand California Headquarters, © NBBJ
© NBBJ

One thing Google has become known for is their spectacular work environments. From playful employee lounges to environmentally sensitive design, the multifaceted internet giant has successfully transformed hundreds of existing spaces from around the globe into casual work environments that spawn innovation, optimizes efficiency, and boasts employee satisfaction. Much like many other California-based corporations, Google has been toying with the idea of building their own office space from scratch. Well, this dream will soon be realized, as the company has teamed up with Seattle-based NBBJ to expand their current, 65-building “Googleplex” in Mountain View, California, by adding a 1.1-million-square-foot complex known as “Bay View” on a neighboring 42-acre site. 

More on Bay View after the break...

NASA Sustainability Base / William McDonough + Partners and AECOM

01:00 - 2 May, 2012
NASA Sustainability Base / William McDonough + Partners and AECOM, ©  William McDonough + Partners
© William McDonough + Partners
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moffett Field, California
  • Architect of Record / Landscape Architect of Record / MEP / Structural / Civil Engineering

    AECOM
  • Landscape Architect

    Siteworks Studio
  • Daylighting / Lighting / Energy Consultant

    Loisos + Ubbelohde
  • Materials Assessment

    McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry
  • Client

    NASA Ames Research Center
  • Program

    Office Building
  • General Contractor

    Swinerton Builders
  • Area

    50000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

©  William McDonough + Partners ©  William McDonough + Partners ©  William McDonough + Partners ©  William McDonough + Partners +18

Computer History Museum / Mark Horton / Architecture

01:00 - 31 August, 2011
Computer History Museum / Mark Horton / Architecture, © Mark Richards
© Mark Richards
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mountain View, CA, USA
  • Architect

    Mark Horton / Architecture
  • Project Team

    Mark Horton, Principal; Daniel Mason, Project Architect
  • Exhibition Designer

    Van Sickle & Rolleri, Ltd.
  • Exhibition Project Team

    Dennis Van Sickle, Principal; John Hutchinson, Project Designer
  • Structural Engineer

    Citta
  • Mep And Fire Protection Engineer

    WSP – Flack + Kurtz
  • Lighting Designer

    Lightswitch
  • Restaurant Consultant

    Modern Taste
  • Exhibition Fabricator

    Exhibit Concepts, Inc.
  • Fabricator Project Team:

    Jerry Spangler, Partner in charge; Duane Landes, Project Manager
  • General Contractor

    MAI Industries, Inc.
  • Contractor Project Team

    Chris Dettner, Project Manager; Barry Paxton, Vice Principal in Charge
  • Acoustic Consultant

    Michael Stocker Associates
  • Av Specification

    Electrosonic, Inc.
  • Av Integration

    Bowen Technologies
  • Kitchen Consultant

    Meyers Restaurant Supply, Inc.
  • Code Consultant

     The Preview Group, Inc.
  • Area

    25000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Mark Richards © Mark Richards © Mark Richards © Mark Richards +22

Google to build sustainable Headquarters in Mountain View with Ingenhoven Architects

22:03 - 8 August, 2011
Google Mountain View © Ingenhoven Architects
Google Mountain View © Ingenhoven Architects

The award winning sustainable German architecture firm, Ingenhoven Architects, has been hired by Google Inc to design their new headquarters in Mountain View, California. Expected to begin construction in 2012, Ingenhoven approached the design with the idea that ‘the architecture should be an expression of the „corporate culture” and at the same time a model for sustainable architecture in the broadest sense surpassing the LEED-Platinum-Standards with its holistic concept’.  Jordan Newman, a Google spokesman shared about Ingenhoven, “we’ve asked them to build the most green, sustainable building possible.”

Google’s offices in Milan, previously featured on ArchDaily can be viewed here. More about this exciting news from the architects following the break.