Google said for the first time that it would build a new headquarters in London in 2013. That new headquarters will be built on the delivery of King & # 39; s Cross Central and plans for the structure have already been submitted. The new headquarters of Google will probably be the longest property in the United Kingdom when it is completed and will be called "rake."
Instead of building like a skyscraper, this building will be very long: 1,100 feet long to be exact once it is finished. The tallest building in London is The Shard, which is 1,016 feet high, which makes the new Google building longer than The Shard. The building is expected to be the first of its kind in the world and the so-called rake could become more popular in the United States for decades to come.
The futurist Amy Webb said: "Landscrapers will create completely new urban footprints that we have not yet seen in the US, and it could make life easier and more realistic."
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018 and the building will be 11 stories high, will have one million square feet of space and will house 700 employees when finished. The representations show a building with a park at the top with many trees and green plants and it is said that a pool is part of the design. The rake design will have some safety features that skyscrapers can not offer.
Webb said: "Climate events driven by climate change such as hurricanes are becoming more frequent and aggressive, and in the future it will be increasingly risky to build high-rise towers that can swing several feet in the wind. extreme".
Google is not the only one looking to expand its headquarters. Microsoft is also making some important changes at its headquarters in Redmond. The software giant is adding a large expansion to its campus and will place a great emphasis on walkers and bicycles. All cars will be moved to underground parking lots. The expansion is expected to generate the potential for 8,000 new workers in addition to sports fields and green spaces.