WORDS Tracy Greenwood
Star architects Bjarke Ingels (of BIG) and Thomas Heatherwick have been retained to design Google’s fancifully futuristic new headquarters.
With styling that’s more innovative college campus than business premises, if it comes to fruition the new precinct will sport bike paths, lakes and carefully planned green spaces, to make visitors and employees alike feel closer to nature.
As for the futuristic component, lightweight prefabricated buildings that can be moved around at will as company needs change, and a mesh-like solar dome to harness energy are all high up on the wish list.
The location of this space-age development is still to be finalised after Google – literally – lost ground to LinkedIn in May 2015, when it was awarded 75% of the land on which Google had set its sights.