All this time, while Apple's Norman Foster-designed spaceship HQ rises with much fanfare and Facebook's many offices are being reworked by Frank Gehry, fellow tech giant Google has apparently been plotting its own starchitecture takeover. According to The New York Times, Google has tapped two big names for its new headquarters in Mountain View: Bjarke Ingels, the Danish architect known for head-turning designs like a plate-shaped "zootopia" and a ski-slope waste-plant, and Thomas Heatherwick, the British designer behind London's 2012 Olympics Cauldron and controversial new "Garden Bridge." Google, famous for its kooky office decor, has so far revealed few details of the new Mountain View mothership. However, Times reporter Conor Dougherty preliminarily describes the proposed Googleplex as "series of canopylike buildings" with pedestrian and bike paths.
The official announcement for the proposal is expected to come later this week, but according to the Times, Google has already discussed its plans with the City Council. Like the dilemma that's playing out all over Silicon Valley, a big new Google office means more employees, more traffic, and very likely, not enough housing. But if Google get what it wants—hey, its 20,000 employees already account for a quarter of the city's total population—striking architecture will be storming Mountain View.
· Google Plans New Headquarters, and a City Fears Being Overrun [NY Times]
· All Bjarke Ingels coverage [Curbed National]
· All Thomas Heatherwick coverage [Curbed National]