Google unveils plans for new European headquarters

Internet search giant has revealed plans for a new headquarters designed by the UK's Thomas Heatherwick and Danish architect Bjarke Ingels

An image of the proposed new headquarters.
An image of the proposed new headquarters.

Google has revealed plans for a new headquarters integrating wildlife and sweeping waterways, designed by the UK’s Thomas Heatherwick and Danish architect Bjarke Ingels

The design also includes lush public gardens, looping covered bikeways and buildings that can be moved about like toy blocks.

The redesign on the Google property in Mountain View, California, come as Apple is in the midst of building its "spaceship" campus and Facebook is using Frank Gehry for its campus expansion.

Google -- which has faced opposition from locals -- said its new design is aimed at "rethinking office space."

"As we've inhabited a variety of workplaces -- including a garage in Menlo Park (California), a farmhouse in Denmark and an entire New York city block -- we've learned something about what makes an office space great," Google vice president for real estate David Radcliffe said in a blog post.

“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."

The plan includes large canopies over the campus which "regulate climate, pollution, and sound, while freeing spaces from traditional architectural limitations like walls, windows and roofs."

It aims "to blur the distinction between our buildings and nature," added Radcliffe.

 

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