While many U.S. companies based in the UK are considering relocating post-Brexit, Google is clearly going nowhere. Following what feels like an age of scrapped plans and speculation, the tech giant has laid out plans for its 1 million sq ft London headquarters located in Kings Cross.
Said to cost well over $1 billion, the “landscraper” will be longer than the Shard is tall upon completion. Standing 11-stories high, the structure will incorporate a ginormous landscaped roof garden in addition to shops and offices, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a running track, and a games area (complete with a basketball court and a five-a-side football pitch).
Google plans to create a super campus by combining the building with its current Kings Cross office (based just around the corner) and a third construction. It’s estimated around 7,000 Google employees (or Googlers, as they like to be known) will go to work there every day.
The project was overseen by Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios. If it’s approved by Camden Council, it will be the first building to be wholly owned by Google outside the US. Speaking in a statement, Heatherwick said:
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.
Influenced by these surroundings, we have treated this new building for Google like a piece of infrastructure too, made from a family of interchangeable elements which ensure that the building and its workspace will stay flexible for years to come.
Stay posted for further updates on the plan as they emerge.
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