Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Thomas Heatherwick will team up for another Google project, this time in the form of a new design for the tech giant’s new London headquarters at King’s Cross. The two firms previously partnered to develop the plan for Google’s controversial new HQ in Mountain View, California which has been plagued with hiccups since its inception. The architects released a single rendering as a teaser, and we can’t wait to see more as the design plan evolves over time.
The duo of architectural powerhouses will team up again to design Google’s next big project, a new headquarters in London. The design calls for a 10 story, 650,000-square-foot office building which will mark the first Google facility outside of the United Stated wholly owned and designed by the tech giant. Google aims to eventually expand the London campus to include offices for up to 7,000 employees. Like the design in progress for Google’s Mountain View HQ, the BIG/Heatherwick design for the London campus seeks to fit seamlessly into the existing cityscape.
While working on the Mountain View “Googleplex” HQ project, Google faced a number of hurdles, including a fierce dispute with the city over land. Ultimately, the city council opted to parse out the land Google had its sights on, giving a huge chunk to LinkedIn for its own headquarters. BIG and Heatherwick responded with a scaled-down version of their initial design and the project, albeit with a smaller than intended footprint, is underway.