Like a number of big tech companies, Google is growing fast. In the past they have acquired/hired existing buildings, but recently they have presented their vision for great office spaces, which they will build from scratch.
“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. … 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.”
As you can imagine, this sounds like music to my ears. The paradox is that the designers want to create a meta-building with built-in flexibility that lasts for “many decades” while the ‘interior’ of that building will change it’s purpose regularly during that time. It’s modular thinking on a giant scale.
Google has published a video as well. The actual design ideas become apparent at the 6:40 mark.
Are there ideas in this plan that you will use in your space? Do you think this type of design is attainable for smaller projects as well? Any other developments we should write about? Let’s discuss in the comments!