Google plans new efficient facility in California

Google plans new efficient facility in California

Google's new Caribbean campus in Sunnyvale, Calif., is slated for LEED gold building standard. Illustration courtesy of BIG

Google plans to build a new energy efficient campus in California.

The tech giant has chosen BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) to design its new campus, reports New Atlas. BIG previously designed the company’s Charleston East and London facilities.

The newest structure is planned for Sunnyvale and comprises two green-roofed buildings with long, sloping terraces.

Though the Charleston East and London projects are collaborations between BIG and Heatherwick Studio, the Sunnyvale campus, named Caribbean due to its location on Caribbean Drive in the Moffett Park area, sees BIG handling the design duties alone. Construction is expected to be completed during or sometime after 2021.

The Caribbean campus will be centered around two similar buildings rising to five stories and having a total floor space of 505,078 square feet and 537,000 square feet, respectively. The buildings will be topped by partially green roofs and sport gently sloping terraces that offer access to each floor.

The slopes will also host outdoor gathering spaces and cafes.

The building will serve as workplace for up to 4,500 Google staff.

The Caribbean campus is slated for LEED gold and will focus on energy efficiency and minimizing water usage, including the planting of native, low-water greenery. The office interiors will feature natural daylight, while some degree of solar power and graywater recycling is expected.


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