BIG and Heatherwick unveil scaled-down designs for Google’s Mountain View HQ
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Since Google was awarded far less space than anticipated, BIG and Heatherwick scrapped their original village-like proposal that laid out multiple buildings covered by a glazed bubble dome. In contrast, the new 600,000-square-foot LEED Platinum-seeking plan introduces a denser cluster of buildings located at the heart of campus and topped by a translucent tent-like canopy. Photovoltaics are integrated into the canopy skin, which will be specially engineered to regulate indoor climate, air quality,...