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Google to rethink Heatherwick and BIG-designed new HQ

Charleston South Exterior - proposed new Google HQ at Mountain View by Heatherwick and BIG
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Heatherwick Studio and BIG’s planned new HQ for Google in California faces an uncertain future after Linkedin netted the majority of the land needed for the scheme

Earlier this week tech giant Google and Linkedin pitched for the plots at North Bayshore, where both companies want to ‘significantly increase’ their capacities.

However, according to local reports, councillors from the City of Mountain View opted to give Linkedin two thirds of the available plots and just the so-called Landings site to Google - effectively a quarter of the area bid for.

It is understood this allocation means Google would only be able to build one of the four domed-structures proposed in its original plans which were drawn up by Thomas Heatherwick’s practice and Bjarke Ingel’s Danish powerhouse.

Earlier in the year Google announced it wanted to create a ‘vibrant piece of town’ for around 20,000 of its staff at North Bayshore, housed in ‘lightweight block-like structures’ sitting under large translucent canopies.

It is rumoured Google, which owns other sites in the area, may look at building the scheme elsewhere.

David Radcliffe, Google’s vice president for real estate, told the AJ: ‘We know the City Council had a tough decision to make last night and thank them and our community for more than six hours of debate.

‘We’re pleased the council has decided to advance our Landings site and will continue to work with the City on Google’s future in Mountain View.’

Last week it was revealed that, had the full scheme been given approval, an army of robot-crane hybrids would be assembled to build the scheme.

The machines, dubbed crabots, would roam under the gigantic canopies site and lift and shift pre-fabricated components, furniture and services.

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