Google Unveils Plans for London HQ with Running Track, Pool, and Rooftop Garden

  • Posted 10 months Ago

Google has submitted an application to Camden Council for an gigantic 93,000 square-metre London HQ designed by architects Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick.

The structure, if approved, will be 11 storeys high and will feature an expansive rooftop garden (complete with running track) as well as an events centre, a swimming pool, a sports court, a gym and a number of cafes. There will also be an array of shops on the ground floor.

The HQ will accommodate up to 7,000 staff from its existing offices in King's Cross, Victoria, and Covent Garden.

"Our design for the new Google Campus at King's Cross is rooted in the local character of the area, taking advantage of the contextually defined building envelope while creating continuously cascading work environments that will connect Googlers across multiple floors," said Ingels. "By opening up the ground floor and activating the roofscape, the light and airy workspaces are sandwiched between the terraced gardens on the roof, and market halls, auditoria and shops on the ground."

An expected completion date for the building is yet to be announced.