Google searches and selects Systemair

Mountain View, CA, USA

Thirty five IV 50 Jet Fans will support the ventilation needs of two underground parking garages for the new Google campus and headquarters to be located in Mountain View, California.  The design was a collaborative effort of famed architects Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio. The project is Google's first purpose-built office buildings and the design is Google's first physical manifestation of its approach to workplace design.

The design provides for Google to have a strong relationship with the local community, offering a range of amenities for neighbors as well as employees. According to Heatherwick, "To keep pace with the fast-evolving nature of the technology industry, the team's approach was to treat the new building's structures more like large hangers or airport terminals within which a series of flexible internal structures could be enclosed and treated more like large adaptable furniture design, free from the constraints of being a conventional building envelope. The design would allow project teams to rearrange office spaces quickly and efficiently to meet their changing needs."

Without conventional structure of roof and walls, the external envelope of the building is formed by a sequence of canopies of power generating photovoltaic panels similar to giant tent fabric. Serving to blur the distinction between inside and out, the canopies extend over or reveal landscaping, cycle paths and cafes beneath, and allow people, light and air to flow in and out. The campus will be open to the public by way of a path that cuts right through the building. When completed, the project will include approx.  1.1 million square foot campus of canopied domes on 18 acres for office, research and retail space.

The original mechanical ventilation design included a total of 46 competitors Jet Fans, but considering a more effective fan placement and optimizing Jet Fan performance, Systemair value-engineered the project, reducing the overall fan count to 35. RDWI, renowned for their expertise in engineering modeling and analysis, validated Systemair's design via an independent study.

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