The original one million square foot Google headquarters in London, designed by London-based architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris(AHMM), has reportedly been deemed too boring, and British designer Thomas Heatherwich is rumored to have been brought in to work on the building to give it some pizzazz. The architect, who was commissioned to work on Google's California campus was asked to create new plans for the tech giant's London office building.
It looks like Google decided to change designers for its London headquarters after the company’s CEO Larry Page felt that the original proposal by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) was too conventional. According to Simon Allford, partner in AHMM, the firm is still involved with the project, but he hasn’t commented on whether they will be collaborating with Heatherwick on the project. “We are busy with Google at [King’s Cross] and beyond in Berlin and indeed are looking at projects elsewhere,” Allford told Dezeen. The initial proposal received approval in 2013 and Google decided they wanted something more ambitious.
The original building, located immediately to the north of the new concourse at King’s Cross station, was supposed to range in height from 7 to 11 stories, and incorporate sustainable design concepts and flexible working environment for Google employees. The headquarters would sit above retail units providing a diverse range of shops, cafes and restaurants.