BIG / Heatherwick Studio, Google Charleston East Campus
The project for Google’s new campus in Mountain View, California, addresses the rapid expansion and constant diversification of the technology company’s corporate activities, which have ended up causing an organizationally unsustainable situation for its employees. Staying clear of the bigness all too frequently associated with corporate headquarters, the design here presents a volume of much more moderate scale, its greatest ambition being simply to create a building which is flexible in both configuration and dimensions, easily adaptable to the future needs of workers, and reproducible in locations beyond Silicon Valley. The ductility of the fabrics that the building’s enclosure emulates extends to the interior. Hence, under the raised hangar that forms the tent-like roof are two platforms interconnected by shared courtyards: at street level, the ground floor contains a sequence of urban public spaces and takes care of the secondary aspects of the program, while the upper floor accommodates the actual work areas as well as the recreational facilities for use by the staff. In this community utopia, the limits between interior and exterior are blurred: asphalt all but disappears and gives way to green zones, and walking and biking to get around the entire campus are encouraged, the biking even through and within the buildings.
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