Since Google was awarded far less space than anticipated, BIG and Heatherwick scrapped their original village-like proposal that laid out multiple buildings covered by a glazed bubble dome. In contrast, the new 600,000-square-foot LEED Platinum-seeking plan introduces a denser cluster of buildings located at the heart of campus and topped by a translucent tent-like canopy. Photovoltaics are integrated into the canopy skin, which will be specially engineered to regulate indoor climate, air quality, and sound.
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Green space is woven throughout the site, both indoor and outdoor, and will be designed to support local biodiversity. An 18,500-square-foot “public route” that snakes through the middle of campus will be faced with retail stores and cafes. The corridor will also be connected to the “Green Loop,” a dedicated pedestrian and biking pathway that will link the campus with the existing North Bayshore campus and surrounding Mountain View region. The campus is designed to accommodate 3,000 employees.
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