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Google submits plans for huge new London HQ

Google submits plans for huge ...
Google's new King's Cross HQ will have space for 686 bicycles but just four car parking spaces
Google's new King's Cross HQ will have space for 686 bicycles but just four car parking spaces
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The new HQ will have a huge green roof
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The new HQ will have a huge green roof
Google's new King's Cross HQ will have space for 686 bicycles but just four car parking spaces
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Google's new King's Cross HQ will have space for 686 bicycles but just four car parking spaces
The HQ is going to be located in King's Cross, London
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The HQ is going to be located in King's Cross, London
Rising to 11-stories, the building will comprise over 1 million sq ft (92,903 sq m)
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Rising to 11-stories, the building will comprise over 1 million sq ft (92,903 sq m)
The office will apparently feature a "natural theme," which implies lots of greenery
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The office will apparently feature a "natural theme," which implies lots of greenery
The ambitious building will be very  long, longer even than the Shard is tall – so over 310 m (1,017 ft) at least
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The ambitious building will be very  long, longer even than the Shard is tall – so over 310 m (1,017 ft) at least
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Following their work on Google's new Mountain View headquarters, BIG and Heatherwick Studio have joined forces once again to collaborate on another office for the tech giant, this time in King's Cross, London. Planning has been submitted to the local council and, assuming all goes well, construction is expected to begin in 2018.

The new headquarters rise to 11 floors. Inside, it will comprise over 1 million sq ft (92,903 sq m) of floorspace, of which Google will occupy around 65 percent, presumably the rest will be rented out.

The building is widely referred to as a "landscraper" in the media and plans show it will be very long, longer even than the Shard is tall – so over 310 m (1,017 ft) at least.

The design is rather more sedate than the Mountain View project, perhaps due to constraints at the site. According to Heatherwick Studio's press release, the HQ will feature a "natural theme," with the renders depicting a huge green roof that looks like a small park.

The new HQ will have a huge green roof
The new HQ will have a huge green roof

The Guardian reports that there will be space for 686 bicycles but just four car parking spaces. A roof-based solar panel array will reduce the electricity draw from the grid, while motorized timber blinds will keep out direct sunlight and lower solar heat gain.

We can also expect a long list of amenities to keep Google's employees happy, like a swimming pool, exercise facilities, etc.

"As my home and the home of my studio for more than 15 years, I have a close relationship with King's Cross," says co-designer Thomas Heatherwick. "The area is a fascinating collision of diverse building types and spaces and I can't help but love this mix of massive railway stations, roads, canals and other infrastructure all layered up into the most connected point in London."

Naturally, we expect to learn a lot more about this one as the project progresses.

Sources: BIG, Heatherwick Studio, Camden Council

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3 comments
fen
With the amount of office space getting snapped up across europe by the london financial district getting ready to move out of london, I doubt google will be able to rent out the spare space.
Jean Lamb
Will the Hogwarts Express be running through the basement?
netean@gmail.com
This looks ok from the top, but from the sides and especially from street level this looks like a giant 1980s car park.