A microkitchen inside Google’s corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Google, which employs 26,000 people, will hire more new employees this year than ever before. It doesn’t come as a surprise then that the company is about to build its own office space, something they have never done before. According to MercuryNews.com, the company will spare no expenses to build a 600,000 square feet of office space for its rookie employees affectionately called Nooglers. This compares to the 4.3 million square feet in total for their Mountain View headquarters, with 65 buildings stretching along more than a mile of Charleston Road. It’ll be custom build from the ground up and Google will employ some cutting-edge green designs, too….
The new building, to be located near Shoreline Boulevard, will feature environmentally responsible designs by Ingenhoven, which is behind “award-winning green designs from Sydney to Stuttgart”. This probably means a self-sustaining building that requires no heating, cooling or mechanical ventilation and operates at near-zero emission. Construction could start as early as 2012, the publication speculated. The news arrives after we’ve learned that the company dropped $1.9 billion for a massive office building in NYC, the largest US real estate transaction in 2010 and Google’s biggest purchase of the year.
Googlers and a dog (above) and a T-Rex replica (below), both outside the Mountain View campus.