Google’s New Headquarters at King’s Cross, Pancras Square Headquarters Architect, KX Project Image
Google Headquarters at Kings Cross
London Commercial Development, England, UK – design by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios, architects
16 Nov 2016
New Google Headquarters at Kings Cross
Design: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios, architects
Google Office Building in London King’s Cross
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios are confirmed as the architects for Google’s new Headquarters at Kings Cross in London.
Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, confirmed on the 15th of November that Google plans to build a new purpose-built building on its King’s Cross campus—the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside the United States. The new building joins a growing Google campus at King’s Cross—the campus will eventually house 7,000 employees across three offices in more than 1 million square feet.
The ten story, 650,000 sq. ft. building will be an integral part of Google’s rapidly developing community in one of the most exciting parts of London.
“From the beginning, the project to give Google a new home in King’s Cross has been extraordinary. Rather than impose a universal style on Google’s buildings in the UK and the USA, 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.“ Bjarke Ingels & Thomas Heatherwick
The building will complement Google’s existing commitment to the 67-acre King’s Cross Estate. Google will eventually occupy three buildings in the area, including the recently occupied 380,000 sq. ft. development at 6 Pancras Square, which has desk space for approximately 2,500 Googlers. Construction on a second building that Google will lease began earlier this year, with Google set to take occupancy in 2018.
Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, said “Here in the UK, it’s clear to me that computer science has a great future with the talent, educational institutions, and passion for innovation we see all around us. We are committed to the UK and excited to continue our investment in our new King’s Cross campus.”
Previously on e-architect:
2 Mar 2016
Google Office Building in King’s Cross
Design: Mossessian Architecture, architects
Google’s Office Building in London King’s Cross
UK studio Mossessian Architecture’s 11-storey office building for Google in London’s King’s Cross has received planning permission by Camden Council.
The S2 building for the tech company will be located behind Central Saint Martins arts college, and is expected to be completed by 2017 at the earliest.
In January 2013, Google announced its intentions to build a new £1 billion UK headquarters in the area by 2016, although building work for this property is yet to begin.
Architects AHMM submitted plans for the company’s headquarters in 2013, but reports in 2015 stated Google was considering scrapping the London-based firm’s design after CEO Larry Page allegedly branded the scheme “boring”.
British designer Thomas Heatherwick was then rumoured to be working on the project.
Despite the delay of the headquarters, Google has been quietly begun occupying several other plots in the King’s Cross area.
DeepMind, an artificial intelligence startup acquired by Google in 2014, has an office at 7 Pancras Square in King’s Cross that accommodates over 150 people.
The tech giant has also taken out a lease on the neighbouring 6 Pancras Square building — and is due to start moving in up to 4,000 people within the next few months.
Google’s current office in Covent Garden was designed by PENSON, while its Victoria headquarters building design was by architects Scott Brownrigg.
Website: Google Offices in King’s Cross
Location: 6 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, London, England, UK
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