The Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) will team up with the British firm Heatherwick Studios to design the new Google headquarters in London.
The ten-storey building will be 60,000 square metres in size and located in King’s Cross in north London. In time, some 7,000 employees will shuffle in and out of the workspace on a daily basis.
“From the beginning, the project to give Google a new home in King’s Cross has been extraordinary,” Bjarke Ingels said in a joint statement with Thomas Heatherwick.
“Rather than impose a universal style on Google’s buildings in the UK and the US, we have tried to create an ‘interestingness’ that fits the scale and the community of King’s Cross. The Silicon Valley startup garage meets the London train sheds in a building that couples clarity with eccentricity and anchors innovation with heritage.“
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The building is the first that Google will build itself outside the US. Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick were also involved in the design of the IT giant’s headquarters in Mountainview, California.
The building is expected to cost somewhere near 5.2 billion kroner.
Recently in the US, BIG has also been involved in designing the 2 World Trade Center in New York, the NFL team Washington Redskins’ stadium in Washington DC and the Hyperloop One train link in California.