Danish firm BIG and London-based Heatherwick Studio plan to redevelop four sites in Mountain View (one of the principal cities of Silicon Valley) to create the Google campus – marking the first time the internet giant has designed and built an office complex from scratch. 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.
BIG together with Heatherwick Studio and Google 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 neighborhood of Mountain View.
The concept for Google North Bayshore, with an area of 316000 sqm, is to create lightweight block-like structures that can be moved around, rather than investing in permanent buildings. According to Google, this will offer flexibility as the company invests in new product areas. Translucent canopies will cover buildings and outdoor areas, designed to control the climate whilst also allowing natural daylight and ventilation throughout the facility.
"With trees, landscaping, cafes, and bike paths weaving through these structures, we aim to blur the distinction between our buildings and nature," said Google. This project is about much more than just office space; it’s about doing more with the local community as well. There are lots of retail opportunities, like restaurants, for local businesses. Google North Bayshore is currently under construction.