Google’s gigantic San Jose campus renderings show how much it could look more like a neighborhood


Google plans to build a massive new “Downtown West” campus in San Jose, and the company has shared renderings that give an idea of ​​what this space might look like (via CNBC). Google intends to make the approximately 79-acre area look less like a traditional corporate campus by creating a mixed-use development with offices, housing, parks, retail space, etc.

A render is the image we included at the top of this article, which represents something Google calls the “gateway.” The proposed space would have a place for pop-up events as well as an amphitheater that could be used by both Google and the community at large.

Below is a render of a seemingly peaceful area called the Creekside Walk, a walkway near an VTA light rail corridor that is said to be “inspired and framed by Los Gatos Creek.” Looks like it could be quite nice to walk around:

Image: Google

And the “Meander” is something Google calls an “urban promenade,” an area that would be closed to cars and have a lawn to host events, screenings, and other performances.

Image: Google

That being said, a lot of space would still be reserved for office buildings. While there will be 5,900 residential “units” and 500,000 gross square feet for things like retail stores, restaurants and cultural centers, there will be 7.3 million gross square feet of office space, according to the reports. Google Bridge 473 page slide design standards and guidelines on the proposed campus.

You can get a better idea of ​​what the entire campus might look like on this map, taken from Google’s nearly 39-minute YouTube video on the map:

Image: Google (YouTube)

More details about the project can also be found on the Google and City of San Jose websites. San Jose City Council is expected to review Google’s proposal for final approval in spring 2021.

It’s not the only ambitious Google campus in the works. The company announced a $ 1 billion investment to build a New York campus in Hudson Square in 2018 and proposed a 40-acre mixed-use area in Mountain View in September.


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