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Google Planning New Headquarters in Mountain View

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Google has plans to build a new headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

The company has already met with Mountain View city council to discuss the matter and reportedly will present its plans in full on Friday. No specifics on the building’s size, design or new address will be forthcoming until then.

According to a report from the San Jose Mercury News, the “bizarre and playful design” will include an adjustable canopy of metal and glass.

The plans could include as many as four new buildings and, according to the report, parts of them will be able to mechanically morph depending upon the company’s needs.

Google has hired London firm Heatherwick Studio to design the new headquarters.

Although the cost of the project has yet to be revealed, it is sure to be at least as much as is being spent in Britain.

In 2013, Google announced it would spend $1.6 billion to build its new U.K. headquarters in the heart of London.

The 11-storey glass and steel building is to be 330 meters long and will be awarded an outstanding BREEAM certification  — a top honor for “green” buildings. The facility will also have a garden on its roof and will house restaurants and stores on its first floor.

The project is to be completed in 2017.

It is not yet known when the California project will begin — assuming city council give it the green light — or how long it would take to build.

 

 

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  • I’d say, a huge part of the cost of the London HQ, will be down to the cost of building it in the centre of London – one of the most valuable areas of real estate in the world. I have no ideas as to the cost of land in Mountain View, California, although I’d guess it’d be a lot less (due to the shear landmass available in the States), so the building could well be very impressive indeed.