Design Engine
Training Classes/Tutorials for Designers, Engineers, & 3D Professionals


Google+

Ideas, Thoughts, Perspectives

March 18th, 2016

New Tent-Like Design Proposed for Google Headquarters

The latest proposal for Google headquarters in Mountain View, California features an open, sustainable, publicly-accessible design topped by a large tent-like canopy.

This is the first time Google is building their own headquarters, as they have previously only leased office spaces in existing buildings. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Heatherwick Studio designed the project to represent, “a clear vision of business and nature coexisting.” Covering 18.6 acres of land, the Google campus will have 595,000 square feet of floor space, 45,000 square feet of interior landscaping, and 18,500 square feet of internal pathways. The first-floor internal pathways, known as the “Green Loop,” will be accessible by the public, allowing them to mingle with Google staff, and also features a series of cafes and stores. The offices will be located on the second floor and the entire building is topped with a large tent-like canopy allowing Google to regulate indoor climate, air quality and sound.

Google’s plans to coexist with nature include solar panels on the roof that will provide an estimated 45 percent of the electricity needed for the headquarters and collecting rainwater to be reused. The project aims to be certified LEED Platinum (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,) a certification given only to buildings that use less water, energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

As part of another green initiative, the headquarters will focus more on alternative forms of transportation by providing plenty of long-term and short-term bicycle spots and pathways that link to local public transport hubs – although there will still be 1,200 car parking spaces.

 

The proposed plan features plenty of bike parking spaces as well as biking paths. Image via Google

The proposed plan features plenty of bike parking spaces as well as biking paths.
Image via Google

The entire two-story building is topped by a large tent-like canopy Image via Google

The entire two-story building is topped by a large tent-like canopy
Image via Google

Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 4.47.21 PM

google-new-hq-plans-6

Google plans to make it's headquarters easily accessible to the public, featuring cafes and stores on the first floor. Image via Google

Google plans to make it’s headquarters easily accessible to the public, featuring cafes and stores on the first floor.
Image via Google

Image via Google

Image via Google

Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 4.56.49 PM

The internal public pathways are known as the “Green Loop” Image via Google

While these plans have been submitted, there has yet to be a publicized date for completion of the headquarters.

 

Article Written by Mila Medonaite for Design Engine, March 18, 2016


About the Author

Design-Engine





Design Engine Industrial Design Training Pro Engineer
 
 

 

New York Wants You to Redesign Their City’s Trash Bin

New York City has over 23,000 litter baskets outside. The most common design is the green wire mesh basket – due to the affordability and easy serviceability, the design has been left mostly the same since the 1930s. New ...
by Bart Brejcha
0

 
 
Maya

The Magic of Pixar and Maya

Last Friday we went on a work field trip to discover the magic behind Pixar Animation Studios through an exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL. Since we offer classes using Maya software, we wanted to und...
by Bart Brejcha
0

 
 
Open House

Design Engine Open House

We have settled into our new neighborhood, but we haven’t had a chance to throw a get together with food, drinks, and friends yet. So, we will be doing that on July 26! This is a great opportunity to network with tho...
by Bart Brejcha
0

 

 

Plastic Part Design for Injection Molding Workshop

Plastic Part Design for Injection Molding Course Duration: 16/40 hours Tuition: $1,200/$2,500 USD Overview: The course material is designed to provide a working knowledge of the plastics industry through intelligent discussions...
by Bart Brejcha
0

 
 
Neocon2018

Neocon 2018

NeoCon Interior Design Showcase Neocon is an annual furniture design showcase held at the Merchandise Mart in Downtown Chicago. This year, Design Engine went to cover the 50th installment of the most important event of the year...
by Bart Brejcha
0

 



0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


You must be logged in to post a comment.