Raising Eyebrows At Google’s New Bay View Campus Buildings
Five years after breaking ground, Google’s Bay View campus has officially opened to Googlers.
Designed by Heatherwick Studios and Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG), Google’s Bay View Campus is leading the way in adaptable and healthy workspaces by keeping Googlers happy, productive, and creative in groups large or small.
“Smile” trusses and clerestory windows, accented by architectural eyebrows made from Zahner’s Angel Hair® Stainless Steel, create an inspiring canopy that provides an abundance of natural light and outdoors views from every desk.
The Zahner team inspecting the Angel Hair eyebrows at Bayview during construction.
This all-electric, net water positive campus—with the largest geothermal installation in North America—features some of the latest advancements in human-centered design and sustainability best practices. It’s Google’s first ever self-directed, from-the-ground-up design and construction of a major campus.
David Radcliffe, vice president of real estate and workplace services at Google, said in a recent Google news release that the design began with a deep dive into how people like to work at Google. How people experience the building once inside took priority over the exterior form.
As a result, work spaces allow Googlers to collaborate and assemble as needed yet buffer the effects of movement and sound to enable deep-focus work. Numerous levels provide plenty of gathering options and easy access between neighborhoods that also foster a sense of community and connection.
Zahner Angel Hair eyebrows and Google's custom-designed dragonscale solar skin roofing.