ArchitectBjarke Ingels Group
Executive ArchitectHeatherwick Studios
The Terra Firma building, with an approximate built-up area of 570,774 square-feet, is part of the expansion of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Terra Firma aspires to provide an optimal work environment to Google’s staff while simultaneously creating a sense of community for the city of Mountain View. Google wanted to devise a scalable enclosure system with the potential to evolve in response to changing aspirations for their work environment while also taking into account the diverse needs of their staff. Their aim was to do so using innovative yet cost-competitive building technologies. The enclosure solution requires addressing ecological impact, efficient use of material and promoting a healthy environment.
Front has completed Concept Design phase of façade design for Terra Firma working closely with BIG and Heatherwick Studio, who are the architects for the project. Various factors in building design evolution were addressed, including system design, geometry rationalization, cost-estimation, material research, and industry feedback. Front also created full scale prototypes to test various enclosure systems.