Google recently opened its 1.1 million-square-foot Bay View campus in Silicon Valley.
For Alejandra Canedo
Located in the city of Mountain View, California, the campus it contains two office buildings along with an events center and 240 short-term employee housing units.
The 1.1 million square foot campus – designed by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – contains three structures that taper towards ground level.
Each structure is covered by a tent-like roof made up of a system of inward-curving panels that have been outfitted with a combined 50,000 silver solar panels that can generate nearly 7 megawatts of power.
Various cubicles and partitions were used to zone Google’s different work areas.
The upper levels of the two campus office buildings were designed with a flexible floor below the tent-like canopy supported by slim white columns.
In this regard, Google mentioned: “The design of the second floor has variations in the floor plates to give teams a designated ‘neighborhood’ area that is highly flexible to change according to their needs.”
The roof will provide 40% of the energy for the offices.
For his part, Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio, explained: “The idea of the ‘office’ has been stuck for a long time. Yes, people have done different aesthetic treatments. Our focus has been on people’s emotions.”
As a result of the Bay View solar panel skinning and nearby wind farms, Google explained that the building will run on carbon-free power 90% of the time, with a view to operating 100% this way by 2030.
The campus is expected to meet LEED-NC v4 Platinum certification while also becoming the largest facility to achieve LBC Water Petal Certification from the International Living Future Institute.