Google has released a first look at its next massive campus — and it looks nothing like those before it.
The company released renderings and sketches of guidelines for its mixed-use, 80-acre campus in downtown San Jose, which will house 25,000 employees. More than half of the “Downtown West” 80-acre project — which is being built in coordination with the city of San Jose — will be allocated for residential and public space and include features like childcare centers, outdoor moving screenings and ecological viewing stations.
“Thousands of conversations helped us hone in to what we really want in a site, which was much less the corporate campus and the financial district and much more a resilient neighborhood,” said Alexa Arena, Google’s district lead for San Jose in a video. “Downtown West is designed to be a true part of the city — the opposite of a traditional corporate campus,” lead urban designer Laura Crescimano said in a statement.
It comes a year after the company filed its initial campus framework, which kicked off formal studies and community feedback discussions. Last month, Google launched renderings for its new town-like tech campus in Mountain View, Calif., which aims to convert 40 acres of Mountain View land into a mixed-use campus open to local residents.
Silicon Valley tech companies like Facebook and Google have begun departing from the traditional style of campus designs that closed them off from the general public. The design could help draw millennial talent and and appease residents in surrounding neighborhoods, who have increasingly grown critical of tech companies’ effects on society.