Google, Apple and Facebook are household names for innovation and these highly influential companies are now turning the tide on Silicon Valley’s architectural landscape by ushering in their own landmark corporate headquarters.
“For all the glamour associated with tech these days, the architecture in Silicon Valley can be summed up in two words: office parks,” said Louise Mozingo, a professor at UC Berkeley. But new projects like Google’s Bay View Campus, which is made up of numerous buildings joined together by outdoor courtyards, will create spaces for its employees, both indoors and out, that focus on health, productivity, sharing ideas and having fun. Mozingo says that “Google’s new headquarters is iconic in its own way. It’s not about the building but the idea that you can actually create spaces that lead to innovation.”