Google’s Proposal for North Bayshore

Google’s Proposal for North Bayshore

Silicon Valley has been
the cradle
of this series of innovations
that over the last decades
have propelled technology
and world economy.
But all of the resources,
all of the intelligence,
has been invested into
the immaterial,
the digital realm, the internet.
It was just fascinating to be
seeing the physical reality
of a valley that has
changed the world,
and that valley actually itself
hasn’t changed.
Tech really hasn’t adopted
a particular language
for buildings.
I mean, we’ve just found
old buildings,
we’ve moved into them,
and we’ve made do best we could.
We have an opportunity
to build new buildings,
which is nothing unique,
which people do every day,
all over the world,
but what we’ve tried to do
is take a step back
and say, “How do buildings
work with nature?”
You know, “What will transit
look like in the future?”
Not “What is transit today?”
We’re really making sure that
we make spaces
very open and accessible
so it’s just not for Googlers,
but it’s for anyone who lives
in the area to come by.
And then the last piece, which is
really Google at its heart,
in anything we do,
trying to leave the project
giving something back to
the world,
that they didn’t have before
we started.
We scoured the world,
looking for a special architect,
who could really
do something different,
who really listened and created
stuff from the ground up.
And we really got down to what
we believed were
the two best in class.
You guys.
My name is Bjarke Ingels.
I’m an architect
and the founder of
Bjarke Ingels Group,
or simply BIG.
The BIG Studios,
they’re ambitious.
They do a lot of very
community-focused projects,
and that was
pretty compelling to us.
Good actually.
Good reaction, by the way.
My name is Thomas Heatherwick.
I’m the founder
of Heatherwick Studio.
Thomas, on the other hand,
has this attention
to human scale and beauty that
I haven’t seen in anyone before.
And you bring
those two people together–
somebody who really thinks about
function and form
and you couple that with beauty,
and you just have this team
that does pretty amazing stuff.
When we met each other
in Mountain View,
we thought that it would
be interesting
to work with each other
and Google,
to maybe come up with something
that would be much more creative
than anything we could have
come up with ourselves.
What is the best possible
environment we can make
to invent, engineer, and most
importantly, make ideas happen
and go out into the world?
– It’s cool.
– It’s cool.
When you visit
the Google campus,
there’s lots of trees.
But there’s this constant,
major undermining of that
by the road system
and the infrastructure
required for all of those cars.
And it just feels like trees
are, like, street furniture.
And everything has turned into
parking lots.
We’re trying to sort of
reverse this process,
and really sort of recreate
some of the natural qualities
that have been there
in the first place,
really transform the sea of
parking that you find today
into a–sort of
a natural landscape,
where you’ll find an abundance
of green both outside,
but also inside.
These are greenhouses
that enclose and protect
pieces of nature.
Next to ecologically-sensitive
we’re able to
pull back buildings
and create wildlife habitat.
We’re able to create areas where
we’re restoring waterways
that bring water
out to the bay.
It’s interesting to try and
look at how you can
really augment or turn the dial
up more on that nature,
at the same time as looking to
really protect the land use.
Google’s presence in Mountain
View is simply so strong
that it can’t be a fortress
that shuts away nature,
that shuts away the neighbors.
It really needs to become
a neighborhood in Mountain View.
A motivator for the work we’re
doing now is to be generous.
You can provide facilities
that can be shared with people
who don’t work for
an organization,
and keep an organization’s feet
on the ground.
The buildings themselves allow
both the public as well as
employees to move through them.
We wanted to make sure that
we created communities
where bikes and pedestrians
felt like
they didn’t have to worry about
cars zipping by
at 70 miles an hour.
Part of our work is to try
to find ways
to make places that you would go
and have a conversation
and go for a walk
with great pleasure,
and choose in a weekend to be.
So in that sense, our idea
for the Google campus
is really to give it
the diversity, the liveliness
that you find in
an urban neighborhood
so that a lot of the traditional
distinctions in an urban setting
or in an office environment
will have evaporated
or at least been blurred
How will we work
five years from now?
How will we work
15 or 20 years from now?
We don’t know what it’s
going to be,
but we know that
it just needs to be
this incredibly flexible space
for it to work.
In nature,
things aren’t over-programmed
or over-prescribed.
And in a way, if our cities
or our work environments
could have more of
this flexibility
or openness for interpretation,
they would become
more stimulating and
more creative environments
to live and work in.
In a traditional building,
reconfiguring from office space
to automotive to bio-tech
would take months and years,
and you would
knock those buildings down,
and then, 5 or 10 years later,
you’d do it again.
The desire, really,
is to try to create pieces of
environment you can work in,
in multiple ways.
Suddenly, within this,
the architecture of the building
becomes almost like
giant pieces of furniture
that can be connected
in different ways.
It’s almost like the
Lincoln Logs when we were kids.
You can just pile them up and
assemble them differently,
with basically no new materials.
It’s a sort of structure
of looking, in a way,
at the historic city model
of making streets,
and then this is not
the historic model
of making environments
that bring together
and protect those streets.
Instead of having buildings
as these, like,
boxes with walls and floors,
dissolve the building into
a simple, super-transparent,
ultra-light membrane…
Creating, in effect,
a piece of glass fabric,
and draping it
across some tent poles,
and we’re blurring the outside
world and the inside world.
We’re really thinking about
how do we create buildings
that draw less energy?
How do we create buildings
that use less water
than a traditional building?
And all of this science and
is going into this project.
We will keep developing,
we’ll keep researching,
in terms of materials
or technologies.
The architecture will evolve,
as times evolve.
There are ways that we can
try and make space that
isn’t just for
the next 5 or 10 years,
but for many decades to come.
Between these
three different minds,
or three different companies
working together,
I think we have really arrived
at something
that I’m dead certain
we wouldn’t have arrived at
if any one of us were, like,
working in isolation.
We have a duty to reflect,
in the physical environment,
the values that have been
manifested in the innovations
that have come out
from this part of California.
A humanistic spirit is something
that–it feels really important
to embody in what we build,
and so that’s shared
between all of us,
and is exciting and driving us
and will be, in its way,

99 Replies to “Google’s Proposal for North Bayshore”

  1. Dave, Thom Bjarke. 3 man? Nice to know. It makes me feel so equal. hahahaha Since when can men create? I know they are the best implementors but create? To be honest I don't know one unless they are gay?

  2. Congratulations and Thank You Google team to create tools in evolutionary benefit of the inhabitants of our wonderful planet Earth.
    M.Afonso Innovation – Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Brazil – 11/05/2015 – 03h03min AM.

  3. Not wanting to be negative, how would you ensure that your new campus would be earthquake proof?  I lived in California & I've experienced earthquakes – let's face it, I'm a coward. However, your "Master Plan" is brilliant.

  4. Miguel saludos dale recuerdo dos a tus padres .saludos a los locos del partido del Bierzo

  5. "Turn the dial up on nature" has to be one of the most unintentionally ironic linguistic juxtapositions I've heard in a while. "More nature: 1. More parking lots: 0."

  6. So nice to hear Google pluging into the "Playing for Change" project for the Music too accompany the new Google Photos promotional material
     (give them a big plug/support please G+)

  7. Curious if anyone knows whether the glass membrane canopy is an existing technology or "new materials" yet to be commercialized? Thanks.

  8. Won't making this "campus" harm the environment in the process? I mean if u really want to save the "environment" don't drive a car, user less heat and AC, and use less water. 🙂

  9. Under California sun "working" in glass buildings is "a little bit" weird.
    Google just don't know how to spend extra money. 
    Toilets in building and floors should be transparent too to match conception.

  10. What about us introverts, those who seek the darkness? All that sun light is bad for us! And Googles employee base being primarily nerds, I'd imagine plenty of them might feel the same way, unless the know something that I don't. Like a secret underground complex for us night walkers who are forced to work during the day.

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  14. HRSiegal defrauded wife owner of Zenadev a body politic which put the InNet Techs prez in the WH posting live on this Google vid. The SEC Holding Co for Insilco given title to the New World Order fraud in the WH. Go to my Channel to know more about the evil.

  15. I have added this video to my It is Personal Playlist. Different from It's Personal which was the original which YT would not allow me to add more of the complicit crooks who stole my money and property. See Comm Cook aka S Alan Cook FSB fraudster. IMATRUTHSAYER

  16. lol, the vid is buffering so I cannot even view my property of which I have been defrauded. The only idea Google needs to thrive on is Rule of Law. Honey R Siegal Stober (LIVE)

  17. Our roots are our future. In our history are mistakes we hopefully have learned from.
    The technology is going beyond comprehension for 90%+ of the worlds population. Within that lies the biggest threat. The digital world of internet already created uprising and even war. It is The Matrix in many ways, so, we have been warned. And according to Moore, time is not on our side.

  18. Simply brilliant. Google has the right idea here, to bring back everything that we slowly push away such as wildlife and even social interaction. Good work!! It's a dream of mine to create for Google. To make a difference in the world through a company with the right mindset.

  19. I found this proposal to be quite grotesque and fanciful. 
    They state that Google is such an important presence in the area that they don't want to shut it off then go on to tell us how they are going to put the whole thing in a bubble . . . literally. 
    The Google sign will have to add . . 'abandon hope of ever seeing the Skye all ye who work here'.

  20. I like your talk, it sounds wonderful, but human nature in one way or the other will stop it from taking place.

  21. When i read "The Circle" i were allways imagining something like this you are now working on.
    I really support you and the Ideas and visions you have and realized and will realize in the futer are allways a piece of the future brought to the humankind!
    Thank you for being what you are Google!

  22. Does everyone in Silicon Valley end their sentences with inflection like I was in Mrs Smithson's 4th period class, and like Kevin Roberts was looking straight at me, and I was like umm.."are you looking like straight at me?" and he was like looking at me, but not saying anything and I was like uhh hello?

    This idea that you blur the lines between your private and public life :
    Well, that idea exists so you don't become a slave.
    So you don't become a piece of property.
    So you go home to your own life, your real life, where you don't have to play the stupid games of your employer.
    You go home so that you can own yourself again, and be an independent being.
    These people live in their heads, everyone interviewed if you look closely, they reside just behind their eyes.
    They don't know what their bodies feel like.
    They don't know what life feels like.
    They don't know if they have a heart, maybe they saw a website about hearts one time.
    They are robot machine people.
    Slaves to their minds, slaves to their company.
    Perhaps they do not deserve to have an independent existence.
    And at the end :

  24. Narrow-minded people will misunderstand the glass roof as an attempt by Google to illustrate their goal for a more transparent world with less privacy which is a shame, since the architects really had an exciting idea for the new campus. But i can see the haters in the distance…

  25. Why were those two architects of all architects chosen? What was their unique selling proposition?

  26. They want to make the Google campus to look like a jungle with so much intense thinking were put to it. How about just leave the freaking foliage, plants and trees for about a year and make sure to trim it. Is that really complicated?

  27. A giant plastic tent covering a building physically removes you further from nature, any vegetation inside the tent is still indoors, and is not outdoors. Just copy apple, it will be better.

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  29. Hi Google, I think it's a great look to the future… I love what ur doing, u have always fascinated me, so much brains in technology, I love what u do nd stand for… er, can I have ur swivel chair I think it's great?!

  30. Your looking for diverse people i here. Well i could be one of the most diverse people on the planet. I am sure tgat there are many people who would call me many other thing other than diverse I would have in the past as well. That aside I was wondering formally asking you Mr Google is it may I please have a job at Google. There is no telling what i would do to work with Google.

  31. It's my dream to work at Google as a researcher & I think 🤔 you just motivating me to think in a critical way alike you thanks for that. how long probably it will take??

  32. The words are really good. Sometimes we forget the most simple that is to explain our ideas to change obsolete mentalities to achieve nature cities. I really believe in the power of words and the best visualization. I love all Thomas Heatherwick's works. But . . I missed the water management and nature dynamics. The most important . Thanks for share.

  33. Tent caterpillars. Out here in the desert we have water issues. Those greenhouse-like coverings is something we could use for our parks. But not webs. And definitely not so that birds could harm themselves flying into. They have to be sort of sealed to keep transpiration from escaping. Water quality is a problem for us in the deserts. Distilling (I believe) is something that should be employed and use that as a sort of recharge in parks, school yards, institutional landscaping, etc.. If sealed, rainwater harvesting could also occur. Wind steals a lot of moisture . . . from the plants and from the ground. Sunbelt states that insist on border walls and can't seem to keep their pants on ought to consider that there is much that needs to happen for survival through time. Time is a long time.

  34. Bjarke ingels and Thomas heatherwick together working on a project, as an architecture student, I just orgasmed

  35. Cars are going the wrong way on Highway 101 in this. Easter Egg or a plan for Britain to recolonize the US?

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