March 1, 2015
Google recently announced details about their plans for a new campus in Mountain View, California. Based on the photos released by the tech giant, the campus will definitely live up to the company’s innovative image.
Google has nearly 15,000 workers in Mountain View spread across dozens of corporate buildings. According to Google’s VP of Real Estate, David Radcliffe, the company is creating office spaces that don’t just provide a home for Google but that also works for the city.
Google is not the first company to announce plans of cool corporate architecture. Apple is building a doughnut-shaped headquarters called “The Spaceship.”
Here are a few reasons why Google’s new campus will be awesome:
1. It Will Have Adjustable Structures
According to Google, the buildings will be designed to be adjustable to be moved like furniture depending on the company’s needs.
“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,” Radcliffe.
2. It Will be Eco-Friendly
It’s no surprise that Google is looking to incorporate green solutions to its new campus. The company recently agreed to offset our energy consumption in North Bayshore with renewable energy. According to the plans for the new campus, there will be large translucent canopies on each site controlling the climate naturally. There will be trees, landscaping, cafes, and bike paths weaving through these structures, “to blur the distinction between our buildings and nature.”
3. It Will Be Open to the Community
There will be a community component to the plan. There are plans to add lots of bike paths and retail opportunities, like restaurants, for local businesses. The space will be open for non-Google employees.
“Of course, this project is about much more than just office space; it’s about doing more with the local community as well,” wrote Radcliffe.
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