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Google's Futuristic HQ Plan Is Back, It's Just Way Smaller

After facing a wee setback named LinkedIn, Google will not be building its massive robot-assisted glass-hatted compound in Mountain View, California. The search and advertising juggernaut is bouncing back from that defeat, however, and last week submitted early plans to the Mountain View City Council for a smaller version of its glass dream house, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reports. The proposed project would be just 595,000 square feet, a fraction of the 2.5 million square feet the company originally wanted, and, like last time, springs straight from the frit-studded imaginations of Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios. The rendering Google released is a bit hard to parse, owing to the enormous contact lens thrown over it, but from what we can see it looks like a cluster of normal flat-roofed buildings wearing a hairnet.

Curbed SF has the full story on the new proposal. >>