mountain view city council has approved plans for ‘google charleston east’, the 595,000 square foot-canopied campus designed by bjarke ingels group and heatherwick studio. located in north bayshore, the scheme will include a public park and plaza, as well as walking trails and ground floor retail outlets. construction could begin as early as april, with a tentative completion date slated for 2019.
the 595,000 square foot campus is located in north bayshore
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original plans for the project were announced in march 2015, before the scheme ran into difficulty when google was refused the land it needed to complete the masterplan. a year later, a revised proposal was drawn up showing a reworked design for a smaller site. now, almost exactly two years after the original announcement, the ambitious project is set to get underway.
small pathways between the pavilions provide quieter and more intimate spaces
the building has been designed by a collaborative team of bjarke ingels group and heatherwick studio, with hargreaves jones landscape architecture (HJLA) responsible for the landscape design. the ground level will comprise of a series of pavilions wrapping around a public ‘green loop’ that cuts through the building. cafés and shops will line the artery, hoping to enliven the area and create a social and retail destination open to both google employees and the public.
the ground level comprises a collection of pavilions with a public ‘green loop’
the vast headquarters will be topped with an expansive tent-like roof canopy that will regulate indoor climate, air quality, and sound. the square plan of the campus will be surrounded by greenery and landscaping, with a multitude of indoor and outdoor spaces. it has been reported that the roof structure will capture water for reuse, while integrated solar panels will create about four megawatts of power.
the biosphere courtyard
‘in an ongoing partnership, to implement the city’s adopted north bayshore precise plan, this project is part of the city’s vision to prioritize mobility for pedestrians, buses and bicycles in order to reduce traffic in the area,’ said google in a statement. ‘the project also continues the city and google’s effort towards restoring and preserving the vitality of local ecology and native habitats in the north bayshore area and incorporating energy-efficient sustainable design to deliver greater health and accessibility for our employees.’
the structure’s large canopy will regulate indoor climate, air quality, and sound
the entrance into the campus
a focus is to prioritize mobility for pedestrians, buses and bicycles in order to reduce traffic in the area
the project also continues the city and google’s effort towards restoring and preserving the vitality of local ecology
the site is nestled between an urban area to the south, and natural frontier to the north
the campus aims to promote a strong commitment to creating an innovative building that benefits the community
the completion date is slated for 2019
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david chipperfield architects took third place, while copenhagen-based firm 3XN also made the top five entries.
the new structure sits upon the repaired victorian iron work of the original pier, and has been designed to kick-start the southern english town’s renaissance.
internally, the scheme is connected with criss-crossing passages that encourage constant dialogue and interaction.
the project was developed based on the modular composition principle, creating a proper rhythm in the façades and roofing.