Google is outgrowing its Mountain View headquarters, and according to The New York Times the search giant is ready to propose a new campus to match its growing status. However, whether or not those plans are approved by the city may still be up for debate
The company has reportedly enlisted popular London design firm Heatherwick Studios and Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels to design the new campus. The Times adds that it features a collection of “canopylike” buildings. The proposal also includes public paths for bikes and pedestrians.
Still, that might not be enough to convince the local city council. Google already controls 7.3 million square feet of Mountain View, including its current headquarters and the area around it. In some way the results have been great for the small city, which currently boasts an unemployment rate of just 3.3 percent. But it also means terrible traffic and some growing resentment between Google and the city’s other residents.
Still, with Apple already hard at work on a new spaceship-shaped campus and Facebook planning a new Frank Gehry-designed campus, it seems natural that Google would have similar plans of its own. Hopefully it won’t be long before we get a first look at the new designs.