Google to expand offices with 'moveable' buildings

Search giant plans to tailor to its different projects with flexible structures

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Google to expand offices with 'moveable' buildings Google: "We also hope to bring new life to the unique local environment, from enhancing burrowing owl habitats to widening creek beds." (Google)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  March 1, 2015

Google has submitted a plan to local officials to expand its offices in Mountain View, California with buildings with flexible, movable elements that the company can tailor to different projects.

The search giant is planning to build on four sites in the city and said it is the first time it will design and build its offices from scratch.

"The idea is simple. Instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings, we'll create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas. (Our self-driving car team, for example, has very different needs when it comes to office space from our Search engineers.)" Google said in a blog post.

The project, which has been worked on by architecture firms Heatherwick Studio, based in the United Kingdom, and Denmark-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) will include large translucent canopies which will cover each site and control the climate inside while letting in light and air.

Google said it plans to "blur the distinction between our buildings and nature" by having trees, landscaping, cafes, and bike paths weaving through the structures.

"Of course, this project is about much more than just office space; it's about doing more with the local community as well. So we're adding lots of bike paths and retail opportunities, like restaurants, for local businesses. We also hope to bring new life to the unique local environment, from enhancing burrowing owl habitats to widening creek beds. And we're committed to do everything we can to save energy-our recent agreement to offset our energy consumption in North Bayshore with renewable energy includes the development of this proposal." The blog added.

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