Google Submits Plans for ‘Landscraper’ London Headquarters
Google has officially submitted plans for its new 92,000m2 “landscraper” London headquarters and plan to begin construction on the building in 2018.
Designed by Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group and designers Heatherwick Studio, the building will stand 11-floors tall and stretch parallel to the platforms of London’s King’s Cross railway station.
Floor plans for the building show a “wellness centre” containing gyms, massage rooms a narrow swimming pool and multi-use indoor sports pitch, and a rooftop garden split over multiple storeys and themed around three areas: a “plateau”, “gardens” and “fields”, planted with strawberries, gooseberries and sage.
A 200-metre-long “trim trail” runs through the roof, while peckish employees can grab food in one of four cafes, including a main one which spans three stories with a “promenade” with views of the station.
New Google HQ to Combine with Existing King’s Cross Office
Combined with Google’s current King’s Cross office around the corner, and a third building that the company also plans on moving into in the area, it will form a new campus that will house 7,000 Google employees. Dubbed a “landscraper”, the finished building will be longer than the Shard is tall.
Plans for the building were submitted to Camden council and is set to be the first to be wholly owned by, and designed specifically for, Google outside the US. Google have not commented on the cost of the project.
Flexible Space is Key for Internet Giants Google
British Designer Tom Heatherwick said in a statement: “The area is a fascinating collision of diverse building types and spaces and I can’t help but love this mix of massive railway stations, roads, canals and other infrastructure all layered up into the most connected point in London.”
He added: “Influenced by these surroundings, we have treated this new building for Google like a piece of infrastructure too, made from a family of interchangeable elements which ensure that the building and its workspace will stay flexible for years to come.”
The building’s plans are littered with sustainable elements, showing space for 686 bikes an just four car parking spaces, while solar panels on the roof have a combined annual output of almost 20MWh. Motorised timber blinds on the outside of the building serve to keep direct sunlight out.
Google recommitted to the project following the Brexit referendum last year, with CEO Sundar Pichai saying: “Here in the UK, it’s clear to me that computer science has a great future with the talent, educational institutions, and passion for innovation we see all around us. We are committed to the UK and excited to continue our investment in our new King’s Cross campus.”