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."
Just last month, Mountain View awarded land to LinkedIn over the proposed Googleplex expansion, forcing the company to move on to a second option. The original proposal featured a transformable office space housed beneath a large translucent glass canopy and surrounded by a lush landscape of pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths.
BIG and Heatherwick are expected to work on the revised building plans.