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Google Submits Plans for New Office, Thousands Die of Envy

It's green and impossibly cool

We've been following the development of Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, and the design is interesting, certainly — but it is hard to imagine working there.

Google submitted plans for their new offices to the city of Mountain View, and the design is pretty amazing — and yet, it's of a scale that you can picture being there.

A report in the Silicon Valley Business Journal likens the latest renderings to a tent, and it's an apt comparison. Imagine you stuck dozens of tent poles in a field and then draped a white sheet over them — that's the look here, only so...classy. The mechanism isn't all about looks. A diagram submitted to the city shows that the "sheet" is actually a photovoltaic integrated canopy that generates renewable energy onsite.

Green and healthy is the theme here. The building is remarkably integrated with the outdoors, with large walls of retractable glass and a workout room. According to the SVBJ, a publicly accessible trail called the "Green Loop" starts outside and runs through the building.

The new building would stand near the company's famed Googleplex at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View. It is still in the preliminary planning phases.