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Google's billion dollar HQ in London to be made of steel and timber

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Google's billion dollar HQ in London to be made of steel and timber

Google is putting some of its money to good use by building a fascinating new HQ in the up and coming King's Cross area of London to house under one roof all of its dispersed staff there.

The fascinating part is not the design, as is the case with Apple's upcoming "spaceship" campus, since Google wanted to blend in with the area's blue collar heritage, but rather the technology that will be used in the building's construction:

The 1,000,000 (gross) sq ft new UK headquarters features 725,000 sq ft of office space and around 50,000 sq ft of retail space at ground level. The building ranges in height from seven storeys at the south end closest to King’s Cross Station to 11 storeys at the northern end overlooking Regent’s Canal.

The building has been designed to meet the highest standards of environmental sustainability, ensuring low energy usage and incorporating state-of-the-art materials.

Much of the internal structure will be constructed using steel framing with cross-laminated timber panels - a first for a contemporary building of this scale.

The aspiration is to achieve BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum ratings and deliver an overall carbon saving of 40%. The external design of the building pays homage to the broad industrial history of the local area, including steel columns, pre-cast concrete panels and low-iron glass. Bolder colours will be introduced through painted steelwork, taking inspiration from architectural elements nearby, including the metalwork at St Pancras International.

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posted on 02 Jul 2013, 08:12 2

1. PunyPoop (Posts: 624; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Wow! I hope the glass is a Corning. :D
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Future-of-phone-displays-non-reflective-antimicrobial-made-with-Corning_id44786

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 08:15 1

2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4812; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


How is that relevant to this article?

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 08:17 2

3. PunyPoop (Posts: 624; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


The GLASS! It's cool to have a non-reflective glass in a building!

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 08:22 1

5. james004 (Posts: 440; Member since: 15 May 2013)


You are questioning poop. Obviously it wouldn't make sense. Poop doesn't have brain.
good comment poop! Keep your sh*t together!

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 08:24

7. PunyPoop (Posts: 624; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Thank you :D

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 09:21

13. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


It's our pleasure
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posted on 02 Jul 2013, 09:24

15. PunyPoop (Posts: 624; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Indeed! a word from a wise man!

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 08:26

8. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4812; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Yes, poop doesn't have brain, but it does have the SMELL...

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 09:19

11. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Of poop. Which really smells!
Lmao®

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 08:35

9. Kurai (unregistered)


No! . . .the glass will shutter!

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 09:05

10. lovefist (unregistered)


they need a shutter button then =D

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 09:20

12. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Just like the iP4 and 5

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posted on 02 Jul 2013, 08:18 1

4. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


The uk is awesome :)

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 15:29

17. smallworld (Posts: 371; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Ermm... NO

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 08:23 2

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Will the HQ run Android? :P

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 09:23

14. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


The one and only™

Like no others ®

Ftw©

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 12:23

16. volcano (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


hm i guess google trying to be the new apple

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