Google submits planning for BIG and Heatherwick-designed London campus

Google submits planning for BIG and Heatherwick-designed London campus

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Google has submitted a planning application for its new London campus which features a large rooftop garden, a running track as well as a swimming pool.

An official application has been made this week to Camden Council, two years after architecture firms Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio were invited to design the building, replacing the initial design by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

The application calls for a 93,000m2 structure which will make up one of the three buildings, which will form a campus for the company’s 7,000 employees at King’s Cross.

Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick’s proposal, Zone A Building, is a large structure 11-storey structure.

The project includes a huge roof garden which spans the length of the building, in addition to landscaped terraces and a ‘trim track’ where staff can practice fitness.

Other amenities include an events centre, a swimming pool, a sports court, a gym and a number of cafes, as well as retail outlets located on the ground floor.

Spaces within the building are connected by a grand “diagonal staircase” that extends from the first floor to the roof level.

“Our design for the new Google Campus at King’s Cross is rooted in the local character of the area, taking advantage of the contextually defined building envelope while creating continuously cascading work environments that will connect Googlers across multiple floors,” said Ingels.

“By opening up the ground floor and activating the roofscape, the light and airy workspaces are sandwiched between the terraced gardens on the roof, and market halls, auditoria and shops on the ground.”

The architects will be using Google’s “healthy materials programme” to source building materials for the project, according to the tech giant, collaborating with architecture firm BDP and landscape architects Gillespies.

Google will combine three buildings that will form a single large campus, bringing together staff from its various office across London.

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