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New Google HQ at Kings Cross

SEEN is very excited to hear that Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Heatherwick Studios will be the architects for Google’s new Headquarters at Kings Cross in London. It will be the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside the United States and proof that London is a great city for investment, innovation and computer science; ranking the same as Silicon Valley.

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SEEN is very excited to hear that Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Heatherwick Studios will be the architects for Google’s new Headquarters at Kings Cross in London. It will be the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside the United States and proof that London is a great city for investment, innovation and computer science; ranking the same as Silicon Valley.

Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, said “Here in the UK, it’s clear to me that computer science has a great future with the talent, educational institutions, and passion for innovation we see all around us. We are committed to the UK and excited to continue our investment in our new King’s Cross campus.”

Google’s new home in Kings’ Cross will include a ten-storey building that will complement its existing commitment to the 67-acre King’s Cross Estate. Google will eventually occupy three buildings in the area, including the recently occupied 380,000 sq. ft. development at 6 Pancras Square, which has desk space for approximately 2,500 Googlers. Construction on a second building that Google will lease began earlier this year, with Google set to take occupancy in 2018, eventually housing a total of 7,000 employees across three offices, in more than one million square feet.

According to architects Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick: “From the beginning, the project to give Google a new home in King’s Cross has been extraordinary. Rather than impose a universal style on Google’s buildings in the UK and the USA, we have tried to create an interestingness that fits the scale and the community of King’s Cross. The Silicon Valley startup garage meets the London train sheds in a building that couples clarity with eccentricity and anchors innovation with heritage.“

This will be very welcome; a great brand in an iconic area of London. The reimagining of the capital continues apace.

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The Isokon Gallery and Walter Gropius

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Contemporaries: Art by Focus LDN

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Summer Solstice at the Shard with Morning Gloryville

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Rock the Strand this Thursday 22nd June

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