Following Google’s unveiling of an ambitious campus in Mountain View, California, and its subsequent refusal by city planners, the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Heatherwick Studio have now submitted scaled-down plans for the project. The revised proposal features an open design and promises to be flexible and sustainable.
The new plans center around a main building that features a series of cafes and stores on the first floor and a publicly-accessible green loop that will enable Google staff and visitors to mix. The office area will be located in the same building but upstairs on the first floor, and this promises to feature a flexible layout.
Assuming all goes to plan, the building will be topped by a large tent-like canopy. It’s not clear yet exactly how this canopy will be supported, but the plans describe a series of tent poles.
Taking into account the project’s generous glazing and reflective surfaces, BIG and Heatherwick Studio have put serious thought into how to avoid decimating the local bird population. Key sections will be painted, in addition to coated glass and carefully-arranged greenery.
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