You’re likely used to seeing cities littered with skyscrapers reaching ever higher up into the clouds; a symbol synonymous with the modern professional world. How familiar are you however with the concept of a landscraper? This is the name given to the architectural style of Google’s ambitious new London HQ, for which plans were recently submitted to Camden council.

The name of landscraper does seem rather fitting, as the completed building will be longer than the shard is tall. The office block, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios, will stand 11 storeys tall and cover an area of 92,000 square metres. Within that space will be all the offices and related amenities you would expect, as well as a wellness centre, gyms, massage rooms, a swimming pool, and even an indoor sports pitch. Various shops and cafes also find a home within the complex, while a stunning rooftop garden will adorn its upper reaches.

Construction on the site, located parallel to London’s King’s Cross Station, is expected to begin in 2018. Alongside Google’s existing King’s Cross office and a third new build planned for the future, the new HQ will form a central campus for over 7,000 Google employees.

A spokesperson for Heatherwick Studios said of the project, “The area is a fascinating collision of diverse building types and spaces and I can’t help but love this mix of massive railway stations, roads, canals and other infrastructure all layered up into the most connected point in London.

“Influenced by these surroundings, we have treated this new building for Google like a piece of infrastructure too, made from a family of interchangeable elements which ensure that the building and its workspace will stay flexible for years to come.”

Joe Borrett, Google’s head of real estate and construction, also commented, “We are excited to be able to bring our London Googlers together in one campus, with a new purpose-built building that we’ve developed from the ground up. Our offices and facilities play a key part in shaping the Google culture, which is one of the reasons we are known for being among the best places to work in the industry.”

Believe it or not Google’s original plans, which reportedly carried an estimated price tag of £1billion, were rejected for being “too boring”, climbing walls and all…

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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