Google Bay View


Google Bay View








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Google Bay View is Google’s first-ever ground-up campus with the mission to operate on carbon-free energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week by 2030.  The buildings deliver on Google’s ambition to create human-centric, sustainable innovations for the future of Google’s workplace and scalable, replicable solutions for the construction industry and beyond.


Located on a 42-acre site at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, the 1.1 million sq ft Google Bay View Campus brings three new buildings, 20 acres of open space, a 1,000-person event center, and 240 short-term employee accommodation units to the area. All three buildings are constructed as lightweight canopy structures optimized for interior daylight, views, collaboration, and activities.  


Anchored in three themes defined by Google’s design brief at the beginning of the project –  innovation, nature, and community – the design is driven by flexibility and extraordinary user experience that inspires collaboration and co-creation. Team spaces are on the upper level and gathering spaces are below, separating focus and collaborative areas while still providing easy access to both. The second floor design has variation in floorplates to give teams a designated “neighborhood” area that is highly flexible to change with their needs.


The site has achieved a LEED-NC v4 Platinum certification – making it the largest LEED v4 BD+C: NC Platinum certified project in the world – and has become the largest facility ever to attain the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Living Building Challenge (LBC) Water Petal Certification. 

Bay View operates entirely on electric energy. The integrated geothermal pile system at Bay View, which is the largest in North America, is estimated to reduce carbon emissions by roughly 50% and will help both heat and cool the campus. The massive geoexchange field is integrated into the structural system, reducing the amount of water typically used for cooling by 90%, equal to 5 million gallons of water annually.


To help deliver on Google’s commitment to replenish 120% of the water the HQ consumes by 2030, the site is net water-positive with all non-potable water demands being met using the recycled water it generates on site. The on-site systems built by Google collect, treat, and reuse all stormwater and wastewater and provide habitat restoration, sea level rise protection, and access to the beauty of natural wetlands for both Googlers and the public on the nearby Bay Trail.

The long-span canopy (120 ft) rests on cruciform columns which also relay services from the solar roof above. The selection of this structural system allows the entire  workspace to be open and connected under one roof. Access to natural light and views with reduced glare during working hours were priority design elements, achieved through the use of carefully-placed clerestory windows.


On the exterior, all three buildings feature a first-of-its-kind “dragonscale” solar skin roof equipped with 50,000 silver solar panels that generate a total of nearly seven megawatts of energy. 

“Our design of the new Bay View campus is the result of an incredibly collaborative design process. Working with a client as data driven as Google has led to an architecture where every single decision is informed by hard information and empirical analysis. The result is a campus where the striking dragonscale solar canopies harvest every photon that hits the buildings; the energy piles store and extract heating and cooling from the ground, and even the naturally beautiful floras are in fact hardworking rootzone gardens that filter and clean the water from the buildings. All in all, a campus where front of house and back of house, technology and architecture, and form and function have been fused into a new and striking hybrid.”

Bjarke Ingels — Founder & Creative Director, BIG

The Bay View buildings are split across only two floors, with desks and team spaces on the upper level, and the amenity spaces below. A series of indoor “courtyards” throughout the buildings connect the two levels, giving teams easy access to cafes, kitchenettes, conference rooms, and all-hands spaces. The courtyards also encourage the physiological benefits of physical movement when circulating between levels and different modes of work, and double as wayfinding devices. 


Rather than being segmented by excessive columns and support walls, the structural innovation of the canopy roof allows for a wide-open workspace; every person has equal access to views across the floorplate, and through the perim­eter facade and clerestory windows to the outdoors. 

"Google Bay View offers a workplace experience that is an antithesis to an urban high-rise; Containing as much area as the tallest office tower in San Francisco, the typically stacked floorplates are redistributed into a flat array, creating a vibrant village. While on-site carbon and water neutrality is challenging for skyscrapers, this bay-scraper typology enables us to harvest the power of the sun, earth, and water. We hope Bay View will provide a quantum leap in the evolution of the workplace, elevate the benchmark for sustainable design, and inspire the next generations of users and visitors to the building."

Leon Rost — Partner, BIG

The campus includes 17.3 acres of high-value natural areas – including wet meadows, woodlands, and marsh – that contribute to Google’s broader efforts to reestablish missing essential habitat in the Bay Area.


Google’s mission to unlock advancements for the benefit of the environment and the entire industry have led to several scalable solutions in working on the Bay View campus: increasing modular construction, geothermal at new scales, innovation in PV design, a permitted blackwater system, waste diverted from landfill, improved total number of products vetted for Red List ingredients, and landscape designed to advance water stewardship and create valuable habitat for threatened wildlife. 


Overall, the Google Bay View campus has forged a new frame­work, materials language, and ecological approach that will help push both the future of the workplace, and the built environment-at-large, forward.  

Bjarke Ingels Thomas Christoffersen Daniel Sundlin Beat Schenk Leon Rost Agla Egilsdottir Blake Smith Jason Wu Cristina Medina-Gonzalez David Iseri Erik Kreider Florencia Kratsman Guillaume Evain Isabella Marcotulli Jan Leenknegt Linus Saavedra Michelle Stromsta Patrick Hyland Rita Sio Ryan Harvey Seo Young Shin Shu Zhao Siva Sepehry Nejad Terrence Chew Thomas McMurtrie Tracy Sodder Zhonghan Huang Ziad Shehab Deb Campbell Dylan Hames Isela Liu Ji-Young Yoon Alan Tansey Alessandra Peracin Andriani Atmadja Armen Menendian Bernard Peng Brian Zhang Camilo Francisco Aspeny Inostroza Jia Chengzhen Cheyne Owens Christopher Wilson Claire Thomas Spiller Cristian Lera Silva Danielle Kemble Derek Wong Diandian Li Douglass Alligood Eva Maria Mikkelsen Gaurav Sardana Helen Shuyang Chen Jennifer Wood Jian Yong Khoo Joshua Burns Joshua Plourde Kalina Pilat Kurt Nieminen Mads Kjaer Manon Otto Marcus Kujala Nandi Lu Nicole Passarella Olga Khuraskina Oliver Colman Peter Kwak Ramona Montecillo Tiago Sá Timothy Cheng Tingting Lyu Valentino Vitacca Vincenzo Polsinelli Walid Bhatt Ye Sul Cho Yina Moore Ali Chen Ania Agnieszka Podlaszewska Benjamin Caldwell Hacken Li Sebastian Grogaard


Facade Tectonics Institute's Vitruvian Award, 2023

Silicon Valley Business Journal Structures Award, Best Architecture, 2023

Engineering New Record (ENR)’s Global Best Projects competition, Best Office Project, 2022


BIG - Bjarke Ingels group
Heatherwick Studio
Sares Regis
Adamson Associates
Thornton Tomasetti
Integral Group
Loisos + Ubbelohde
C.S. Caulkins Co.
Applied Wayfinding