SIZE1.1 million sq ft
CO-LEAD DESIGN ARCHITECTBjarke Ingels Group
CO-LEAD DESIGN ARCHITECTHeatherwick Studio
ARCHITECT OF RECORDAdamson Associates, Inc.
CERTIFICATIONLEED Platinum NC®
The Bay View development represents the first time Google led the creation of its own major campus. The result is one-of-a-kind workspace that is uniquely Google, while also taking green building to a new level. The 1.1 million square foot campus is all-electric, net water-positive, and features the largest geothermal energy system in North America. The campus is also on track to be the largest project certified by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) under any of their programs, at any certification level.
Bay View was designed with careful attention to the characteristics of spaces you can see and feel, like materials and daylight, but also to aspects that are harder to see, like air quality, thermal comfort, and acoustics.
Artwork by local artists through Google’s Artist in Residence program are a part of the courtyards that relate to the Bay Area ecology and also help wayfinding in the building.
The two kitchens that serve seven cafes are equipped with electric equipment rather than gas — a template for fully carbon-free cafes and kitchens.
The campus incorporates biophilic design principles, including greenery, natural daylight and views outside from every desk to improve the health and wellbeing of those inside the building. Clerestory windows modulate direct light onto desks with automated window shades that open and close over the course of the day.
To remove toxins and create the healthiest environment possible, the team vetted thousands of building products and materials — everything from carpet tiles, paints, piping, plywood and furniture were evaluated using the Living Building Challenge Red List as a framework.
Press & Awards
- ENR Best Global Projects — Project of the Year and Best Office 2022
- Google Re-Envisions the Workplace at its New Bay View Campus — Architectural Record
- Silicon Valley Business Journal Structures Award — Best Campus Project 2022
- Silicon Valley Business Journal Structures Award — Best Green Project 2021
- The first campus built by Google — Bay View and Charleston East
PHOTOGRAPHERSBruce Damonte, Iwan Baan