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BIG-designed Google campus planned for Sunnyvale, California

BIG-designed Google campus pla...
Google's new Caribbean campus in Sunnyvale, California, is slated for LEED Gold building standard
Google's new Caribbean campus in Sunnyvale, California, is slated for LEED Gold building standard
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Google's new Caribbean campus in Sunnyvale, California, is slated for LEED Gold building standard
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Google's new Caribbean campus in Sunnyvale, California, is slated for LEED Gold building standard
Though BIG's previous Google HQ's were designed in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio, the Caribbean campus sees BIG going solo with the design duties
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Though BIG's previous Google HQ's were designed in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio, the Caribbean campus sees BIG going solo with the design duties
The Caribbean's offices will serve as workplace for up to 4,500 Google staff 
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The Caribbean's offices will serve as workplace for up to 4,500 Google staff 
The Caribbean's buildings are meant to blend in with the local scenery 
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The Caribbean's buildings are meant to blend in with the local scenery 
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Google must be pleased with the work BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) has done on its Charleston East and London digs, as the tech giant has commissioned the high-profile architecture firm to design yet another new campus. This one is planned for Sunnyvale, California, and comprises two green-roofed buildings with long, sloping terraces.

Though the Charleston East and London projects are collaborations between BIG and Heatherwick Studio, the Sunnyvale campus, named Caribbean due to its location on Caribbean Drive in the Moffett Park area, sees BIG handling the design duties alone.

The Caribbean campus will be centered around two similar buildings rising to five stories and having a total floorspace of 505,078 sq ft (46,923 sq m) and 537,000 sq ft (49,888 sq m), respectively. The buildings will be topped by partially green roofs and sport gently sloping terraces that offer access to each floor. The slopes will also host outdoor gathering spaces and cafes.

The building will serve as workplace for up to 4,500 Google staff. A total of 2,085 parking spaces will be available, both underground and on the surface. Cycling, shuttles, and public transportation will also encourage the use of non-car transport.

The Caribbean's buildings are meant to blend in with the local scenery 
The Caribbean's buildings are meant to blend in with the local scenery 

The Caribbean campus is slated for LEED Gold (a green building standard) and will focus on energy efficiency and minimizing water usage, including the planting of native, low-water greenery. The office interiors will feature natural daylight, while some degree of solar power and greywater recycling is a reasonable bet, too.

Assuming all goes well with city planners, the Caribbean campus is expected to be completed during, or sometime after, 2021. Google has a strong presence in the city already and has bought up property and donated money to local causes in the past.

Sources: Google, BIG

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2 comments
Daishi
Hopefully the actual building has more parking spaces than the render. Cars take up more room than people and there doesn't appear to be much room carved out for them.
Eggster
One can certainly see the influence of ancient Incan architecture. They even left room for the altar used to sacrifice their conquered foes.