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Google expansion coming to Mountain View headquarters

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Comparisons to the upcoming Apple Park spaceship and Facebook’s headquarters are inevitable, as high-profile architecture becomes a mark of stature in Silicon Valley

A rendering of a building with a meany-peaked roof as seen across a grassy field. Courtesy Alphabet

Mountain View approved plans for Google to build an 18.6 acre expansion of its campus, including a 595,000-square-foot building designed by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingles Group.

Known as “Google Charleston East,” the main structure will be “a cluster of buildings, all housed within a tent-like canopy,” says the Mountain View Voice, which notes that the “cover will allow in natural sunlight while also serving as possibly the largest solar array ever built.”

The canopy design has incited a number of comparisons to a gigantic tent. However, as seen in the aerial rendering below, the rippling roof will look more like the surface of a meringue pie.

Google has never before bothered to create a new building with such a distinctive look for itself. Comparisons to the upcoming Apple Park spaceship and the Frank Gehry-designed Facebook headquarters are inevitable, as high-profile architecture increasingly becomes a mark of stature in Silicon Valley.

Amazingly, CBS says not a single person showed up to the meeting to criticize or oppose the project, suggesting that Google either hit the jackpot or Mountain View bows down to whatever Google wants to do.

Here’s a look at the company’s big ideas for the new building by way of renderings in the plans submitted to Mountain View in January: