Google’s Vision for the Future of Work

For years, the tech giant’s Mountain View headquarters sat on leased property, the corporate equivalent of a rented pad downtown. On moving in, Google did something like a spackle-and-paint job (a costly interior renovation, in 2005), and tried to make the place its own (the famous multicolored bikes). Yet even as the company grew, the Googleplex remained appropriated space, shaped by the architecture of its last inhabitant, Silicon Graphics. Microsoft and Apple built much of their homesteads from the ground up; Google, like the Greenwich Village resident who turns a nonworking fireplace into an ingenious wine rack, made do with the space as it came.

One of the most dramatic features of the Heatherwick and Ingels campus would be a swooping canopy of glass skins. COURTESY OF GOOGLE



The Heatherwick and Ingels design, with its emphasis on vastness and green space both in and out, plays on the idea of a homestead as a place where family members can gather to live and work. COURTESY OF GOOGLE

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