This New Google Campus Looks Like a Utopian Summer Camp


The engineers at Google might be heading back to summer camp.

The company just revealed plans for a new office building that are up for approval with the city of Mountain View, Calif., and they look a little more like a tent city than an office park.

A view of Google's new proposed office building in Mountain View. The building is up for review by the city.
A view of Google’s new proposed office building in Mountain View. The building is up for review by the city. Google
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The new plans come after Google lost out to LinkedIn on a bid for more space in Mountain View last year, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reported. That plan would have given Google enough turf for a massive, glass campus with modular, moveable buildings.

But Google’s latest design, for a single two-level complex, is a bit more campy.

The fitness area at Google's proposed building.
The fitness area at Google’s proposed building. Google

In documents released to the city, Google describes the “canopies” over the building would help regulate temperature, air quality, and sound at the new office.

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The plan also includes a green path weaving through the middle of the nearly 600,000 square foot complex along with a garden that would hide the utility plant.

A garden outside Google's new proposed complex.
A hilly garden outside Google’s new proposed complex hides a utility plant. Google

It seems the tech giant topping the list of Fortune’s best companies to work for remains big on letting its employees roam free.

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