Google has submitted planning permission to Camden Council for a giant new building which will become its headquarters in London.
The eleven-storey building, based near King's Cross, will comprise a commercial property on the ground floor, with the top two floors reserved for staff cafés, games areas, a swimming pool and massage rooms. Everything in between is likely to be office space for Google employees.
The tech giant will also have a roof garden on top of the 330-metre-long building, fully equipped with trees, a wild meadow, wooden decking, a lawn and a running track.
This building, designed by architecture practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Heatherwick Studios, will be based on a large plot of land - around 67 acres - behind King's Cross station. Previously, this was the home for several warehouses as well as scrubland.
Google's HQ will have floor-to-ceiling windows, like many modern buildings, but these windows will be covered by wooden shutters intended to provide solar-shading - that is to say, aimed at reducing the glare from the incoming sun light. The building is stepped, meaning that each floor will be a different length.
The company will be hoping that its plans get the green light from Camden Council. At the moment all of the plans are subject to local authority approval - and planning committees are notoriously finicky.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018, and is expected to cost about £1bn according to Architects' Journal. It will also be almost a million square feet - with floor space of 80,819 square metres.
Google's current London HQ is based at the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross Road, and is every bit as plush and quirky as you would expect from such a wealthy company. In addition to engineers, including artificial intelligence specialists, it also houses sales, legal and finance teams.
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