The idea is simple. Instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings, we’ll create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas. (Our self-driving car team, for example, has very different needs when it comes to office space from our Search engineers.) Large translucent canopies will cover each site, controlling the climate inside yet letting in light and air. With trees, landscaping, cafes, and bike paths weaving through these structures, we aim to blur the distinction between our buildings and nature.
Google says it will add lots of bike paths and retail opportunities for the local community. It's also planning to enhance the local environment by widening creek beds and improving burrowing owl habitats. Google's recent agreement to offset their energy consumption in North Bayshore with renewable energy includes the development of this proposal.
"We chose Mountain View for our headquarters 15 years ago because we love the beauty of the bay, the close proximity to great universities, the family-friendly environment and the chance to work in a city at the heart of Silicon Valley. Today, we want to create office spaces that don’t just provide a great home for Google, but which also work for the city that has given us so much."
Check out the video and photos below for more details. How do you think Google's campus compares to Apple Campus 2? Let us know what you think in the comments.