Google has unveiled plans for a vastly bigger headquarters in Mountain View, California. The new buildings design includes movable structures and curving, translucent, canopies.
The company presented the plan to the Mountain View City Council Friday, which Google did 15 years ago for it's present headquarters. The city officials said the process is long and requires very close attention during the review process. The new headquarters would give the Internet giant room for an additional 10,000 employees, compared to the 20,000 Googlers working in the current buildings.
The company's blueprint for the new headquarters in the city's North Bayshore district has gather a lot of attention because the design is seen as so architecturally innovative. The problem starts in the San Francisco Bay Area, the plan is closely watched due to concerns the technology industry's high salaries are pushing housing prices beyond levels affordable to most families. This is enough to stop construction alone.
According to NBC News, the design by architect Bjarke Ingels of the firm Bjarke Ingels Group and Thomas Heatherwick of architecture and design company Heatherwick Studio calls for block-like structures that Google says could be moved around to create space for teams to pursue different projects. It would add about 2.5 million square feet of space to the existing campus. Vast, clear canopies over the buildings would allow light to filter into the futuristic campus. There would be places for trees, grass and bicycle paths, all of it nestled into different parts of the campus. Almost sounds like Apple's new headquarters plans from back in 2011.