Google is building a giant greenhouse utopia for it’s new campus in Mountain View, California. The campus will feature giant biodomes covering the huge expansive office spaces and will be covered in greenery, shrubs, trees and plants. Google already supplements their power usage with solar power. There are hundreds of solar panels on the roof of their current office buildings.
“The idea is simple. Instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings, we’ll create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas. (Our self-driving car team, for example, has very different needs when it comes to office space from our Search engineers.) Large translucent canopies will cover each site, controlling the climate inside yet letting in light and air. With trees, landscaping, cafes, and bike paths weaving through these structures, we aim to blur the distinction between our buildings and nature.” ~Google Blog
“The campus is designed with a strong emphasis on the natural environment, with office buildings contained within large dome-shaped greenhouses and abundant plant life present both inside and out. The campus will be open to the public so that the local community can enjoy the open green spaces. Ingels emphasizes that the campus “can’t be a fortress that shuts away neighbors, that shuts away nature, it really has to be a neighborhood within Mountain View.” The development will also include wildlife habitats and will restore waterways that feed water to the Bay.” Inhabitat – VIDEO: Google’s new California headquarters is a greenhouse utopia by BIG and Heatherwick | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
Now this is an office I would be proud to work in.