Google have revealed the plans for their built-from-scratch Googleplex to Vanity Fair. Historically, Google have found and taken over existing real estate and modified the building to suit their needs. The move to build from scratch is a new concept for the company who believe it is finally time to take the plunge. “We’ve been the world’s best hermit crabs: we’ve found other people’s shells, and we’ve improved them,” David Radcliffe, civil engineer told the magazine.
Google have commenced drilling on the land that they originally leased from NASA in 2008 and project they will be complete within 2015. The future campus that has been given the title Bay View was designed by Seattle architecture firm NBBJ. The plans that visualise the exterior of the campus have been described as ‘dull’ and ‘boring’ by business insider. However according the Vanity Fair, it is an updated version of the many suburban office parks that Google made a habit out of customising. It consists of nine similar rectangular structures that have been bent in the middle and will be four stories tall.
Before the design commenced, Google studied and quantified how its employees work, hence the final design reflects these findings and will ultimately boost productivity amongst workers. All nine buildings will be connected by bridge and the bend was designed to cause “casual collisions of the work force.”
No employee in the 1.1-million-square-foot complex will be more than a two-and-a-half-minute walk from any other, according to Radcliffe. “You can’t schedule innovation,” he said. “We want to create opportunities for people to have ideas and be able to turn to others right there and say, ‘What do you think of this?’”
All quotes are courtesy of Vanity Fair.