a curved seating area inside the google mountain view campus

Google’s Mountain View, California Campus is a Biophilic Haven

2023 Best of Year Winner for Large Tech Office

For its first purpose-built campus—a 1.1 million-square-foot, three-building complex accommodating 4,000 employees on a 42-acre site—Google assigned the architecture to BIG and Heatherwick Studio, with Studios Architecture overseeing interiors. The two main structures—600,000 and 400,000 square feet respectively—house offices under vast, tentlike domes. In each, the workspace spans two floors, with desk and team zones on the upper level, and conference rooms, cafés, kitchenettes, and other amenities below. The floor plates are organized into humanly scaled neighborhoods around a series of indoor courtyards that link both levels while acting as wayfinding elements and encouraging physical movement. The Mountain View, California campus incorporates biophilic principles, including greenery, natural light, and views outside from every desk in support of the health and well-being of those inside the buildings—important considerations since, as contemporary research has shown, happy, healthy people are more productive.

Best of Year Awards 2023

See Interior Design’s Best of Year Winners and Honorees

Explore must-see projects and innovative products that took home high honors.

a curved seating area inside the google mountain view campus

bjarke ingels group: bjarke ingels; beat schenk; daniel sundlin; leon rost; thomas christoffersen.

heatherwick studio: thomas heatherwick; eliot postma; sarah gill; christopher mcanneny; kyriakos chatziparaskevas.

studios architecture: david sabalvaro; thomas yee; kate greenberg; billy schreiber; ryan lamb; sean winchester.

read more

recent stories