Google’s plan to build a tech complex next to its offices in King’s Cross was approved yesterday by the local council.
Solar panels on the roof will deliver an annual output of 20MWh.
The building has a garden and 200m jogging track on the roof, swimming pool, massage parlours exercise rooms and facilities for badminton, five-a-side football and basketball.
It is on the bank of the Regent’s Canal.
“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,” says archirects Heatherwick Studios, “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.”
Motorised timber blinds on the outside of the building keep direct sunlight out.