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This article was published on March 15, 2016


Google’s plans for its new California HQ look freaking sweet

Google’s plans for its new California HQ look freaking sweet
Amanda Connolly
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Amanda Connolly is a reporter for The Next Web, currently based in London. Originally from Ireland, Amanda previously worked in press and ed Amanda Connolly is a reporter for The Next Web, currently based in London. Originally from Ireland, Amanda previously worked in press and editorial at the Web Summit. She’s interested in all things tech, with a particular fondness for lifestyle and creative tech and the spaces where these intersect. Twitter

Google revealed last year that it was joining the likes of Apple and building its own new state of the art campus right next to its current home in Mountain View, California.

It showed off plans at the time that looked a lot like it was building the festival campsite of the future and now, a year on, the company has submitted its most recent plans and renders to the city of Mountain View and things have changed a little.

Originally, Google intended for the buildings to be lightweight and movable but in the latest plans, they look firmly rooted to the ground.

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Source: Google/City of Mountain View

They haven’t lost their tent-like appearance though, with glass and wood buildings being covered with an overhanging canopy style roof. The domes of past plans are nowhere to be seen, with a much more refined style taking over.

Source: Google/City of Mountain View
Source: Google/City of Mountain View

One thing that hasn’t changed from the original plans is the focus largely on the outdoors and creating harmony between nature and the futuristic buildings. There are lush green spaces surrounding the structures, with areas for eating, relaxing and exercising.

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Source: Google/City of Mountain View

The final campus will be nearly 600,000 square feet. There will be 45,000 square feet of interior landscaping and nearly 20,000 square feet of public walkways.

Source: Google/City of Mountain View
Source: Google/City of Mountain View

For now, the campus is still in its preliminary planning phase so this could all change again before Google starts building but it’s certainly a nice looking working environment.

Charleston East [City of Mountain View via Silicon Valley Business Journal]

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