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Google and starchitect firm to build swank terraced offices in Sunnyvale

Tech mammoth steps up its game—literally

Rendering via Dezeen

Not to be outdone by recently landed Apple Park in Cupertino, Google has tapped Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to build a couple of new offices in Sunnyvale, structures featuring a series of ramping roofs.

BIG—currently working on the canopied Google headquarters in Mountain View as well as the company’s main offices in London—will create two side-by-side structures measuring 505,078 and 537,000 square feet. Ascending pathways that zigzag to inclined roofs will highlight the Silicon Valley complex.

“These pedestrian routes will climb up alongside green spaces, offering access points at various levels and allowing cafe spaces to spill outdoors,” reports Dezeen, adding, “Glazed walls will fill the gaps between the slopes, and cover the remaining facades.”

Dezeen goes on to suggest the company has “plans to build housing on the campus” in preparation for a 2021 employee move-in date.

If you recall, BIG had plans to erect a stunning community performing arts center in 2015, along with hundreds of new housing units and hotel rooms, but that contemporary effort, like so many bold San Francisco possibilities, was squashed. Alas.

Rendering via Dezeen

Meanwhile, in San Jose, Google plans on covering more terrain. A transit-oriented Google village, close to the Diridon train station, is in the works.

According to San Jose Mercury News, “The tech giant hopes to build 6 million to 8 million square feet of offices as the primary feature of a transit village on the west side of downtown San Jose, where 15,000 to 20,000 Google employees could work.