Architecture has also been benefited by technology, in recent years the process of building has not only been faster but it allows to create shapes from different materials that we hadn’t seen before by creating them in a computer and having some pieces printed or fabricated with different techniques. While Google’s new headquarters in Mountain View may not be built as soon as the company expected because LinkedIn got some of the land that was in their interest, there’s a report about the technology that might have been used to build the new headquarters and it is nothing less than innovative.
The report comes from Architects’ Journal, claiming to have seen some documents that specified some of the building processes. Since the building itself seems to be pretty unique and unlike some other corporate headquarters by the use of transparent canopy structures proposed by Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio which give the interior much more light, the use of robots seems to be natural “to create a solution that can be assembled efficiently and economically within pre-erected canopy structures by means of small, easily maneuverable cranes.”. The robots would be a mix of flexible cranes and robots, thus called “crabots” and they will help to move, lift and shift the pre-fabricated components while moving with more freedom in the inside of the building.
The Google North Bayshore campus would actually consist of four buildings that need redevelopment, being the first time that the company has designed and built their offices. The project has been in development for over a year and the intention behind the design is to make it feel more like a workshop and less like a corporate office. There is supposed to be enough space for 20,000 employees and the structure would consist on steel columns and monocoque floor plates and none of these components would weigh more than 10 tonnes so that they could be manipulated by the robot-crane hybrids. Another benefit of using lightweight components is that they can be adapted or customized according to what the company needs, this is particularly interesting for the company.