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.