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Google Taps BIG and Heatherwick to Design New California Headquarters

Google Taps BIG and Heatherwick to Design New California Headquarters
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.

Google’s HQ, the Googleplex, in Moutain View, California. Image © ArchDaily Instagram Feed (@archdaily)
Google’s HQ, the Googleplex, in Moutain View, California. Image © ArchDaily Instagram Feed (@archdaily)

News via the New York Times

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Google Taps BIG and Heatherwick to Design New California Headquarters " 25 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/602744/google-taps-big-and-heatherwick-to-design-new-california-headquarters/> ISSN 0719-8884
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