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The Gallery | Google's Kings Cross HQ

Google has submitted a planning application for its 11 storey “campus” headquarters in Kings Cross.

Designed by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group, the 93,000m² office will be built with “healthy” materials sourced by Google. The tech giant will use around 60,000m² of the building which, combined with two more buildings, will form the company’s main campus with accommodation for 7,000 employees.

If the planning application submitted to Camden Council is successful, construction will begin in 2018. Created from the ground up, the headquarters will be in the emerging Kings Cross Knowledge Quarter, a creative and scientific hub.

“As my home and the home of my studio for more than 15 years, I have a close relationship with King’s Cross. The area is a fascinating collision of diverse building types and spaces and I can’t help but love this mix of massive railway stations, roads, canals and other infrastructure all layered up into the most connected point in London,” said Heatherwick Studio founder Thomas Heatherwick.

“Influenced by these surroundings, we have treated this new building for Google like a piece of infrastructure too, made from a family of interchangeable elements which ensure that the building and its workspace will stay flexible for years to come.”

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