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Plans for Google’s New Futuristic Headquarters Unveiled

Google's proposed new headquarters

Google has unveiled plans for its gargantuan new biodome-like headquarters in Mountain View, California – and it’s not just architecture, it’s a shift in engineering and society.

Large translucent canopies will cover each site, controlling the climate inside yet letting in light and air. Trees, landscaping, cafes, and bike paths weaving through these structures will aim to blur the distinction between buildings and nature.

Designed by designed by global architects Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick, the HQ will be built from scratch by redeveloping four sites where Google already has offices.

The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright likens the ambitious plan to “a pastoral utopia-with-WiFi, all safely swept beneath a series of gigantic glass tents”.

“At the core of the plan is the dream of ultimate flexibility, a future-proofing strategy based on the idea that we don’t know what work will be like in 10 or 20 years’ time.  It’s treating architecture as software, imagining a building that can be continually updated just like the latest apps.”

“The idea here is simple,” says David Radcliffe, Google’s vice-president of real estate. “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.”

Watch the video of Google’s HP proposal

Images courtesy of Google.

Source:

http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/rethinking-office-space.html#gpluscomments

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/feb/27/googles-new-headquarters-upgradable-futuristic-greenhouse

https://plus.google.com/photos/+google/albums/6120564551779148881?sort=1

 

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