Google to build new Silicon Valley campus

1 March 2015 (Last Updated March 1st, 2015 18:30)

Google has submitted plans to the Mountain View City Council in the US to rebuild part of its campus headquarters and develop a series of buildings.

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Google has submitted plans to the Mountain View City Council in the US to rebuild part of its campus headquarters and develop a series of buildings.

According to Google, the new plans for the project in Silicon Valley have been designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels at BIG and London-based Heatherwick Studio.

Bjarke Ingels said: "Silicon Valley has been an engine of innovation driving technological evolution and global economy.

"So far, the majority of these vast intellectual and economical resources have been confined to the digital realm, Google North Bayshore expands this innovative spirit into the physical realm.

"Together with Heatherwick Studio and Google, we have set out to imagine the work environments of future Googlers to be as adaptable, flexible and intelligent as the rest of Google's wide-spanning portfolio, rather than an insular corporate headquarter, Google North Bayshore will be a vibrant new neighbourhood of Mountain View."

The company plans to create new, lightweight, block-like structures that can be moved around easily, instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings.

"We have set out to imagine the work environments of future Googlers to be as adaptable, flexible and intelligent as the rest of Google's wide-spanning portfolio."

Large, translucent canopies will cover each site and control the climate inside, while letting in natural light and air.

The new property will integrate wildlife and sweeping waterways, with trees, landscaping, cafes and bike paths weaving through the structures.

Under the project, Google is adding many bike paths and retail opportunities for local businesses.

As part of the plans, the burrowing owl habitats will be improved to widen creek beds.

This development includes the company's recent agreement to offset its energy consumption in North Bayshore with renewable energy.

The company selected the site at Mountain View for its natural beauty and being close to high-profile universities.

As reported by The New York Times, Google's latest project has raised concerns in the Mountain View community about being overrun by the technology giant.


Image: A rendering of Google's proposed new campus. Photo: courtesy of Google.