Google, the internet monster which has more than 50,000 employees, is looking for new ways to attract engineers and retain staff as it expands its product lineup beyond its core search business. The company might have new plans for a headquarters of its own, the campus is designed by Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio, and it will be the first time Google has built offices from scratch, instead of taking over previously existing buildings.
Google’s futuristic campus will have a series of huge, transparent canopied buildings filled with open spaces for Googlers to congregate, instead of traditional walls or roofs, and their interiors will have light-weight, movable components, so the layout can be changed upon request. Google says the large transparent canopies are designed to control the climate while still letting in light, air, and even some of the great outdoors. The plan includes bike paths and retail opportunities for local businesses such as restaurants, cafes, and shops under the canopies.