Google has announced that it is planning to lease the current site of a shopping mall in West Los Angeles to build a new 54,255 sqm office campus in an effort to expand its presence in LA.
The tech giant has been focusing on office expansion recently. This decision follows the announcement last month that it is investing $1bn in a new office in New York City.
The space, located at Westside Pavilion, will be redeveloped later this year. Google's lease is expected to be around 14 years long and will begin after the construction of "One Westside" is completed, which is anticipated to be in 2022.
Architecture firm Gensler is set to design the space which Google has stated will include 4,180 sqm of "expansive exterior terraces and patios" and a rooftop garden deck. Google has stated that the project is targeting a LEED Silver certification.
Google's brand has become synonymous with ideal company culture as the company has a reputation for treating its employees well and providing numerous perks in a laid-back, fun working environment which it believes to be crucial to its success.
Part of the reason for this commitment to well-designed, pleasant working environments is to allow for what the company calls "casual collision" between employees to encourage natural collaboration in aim to spark unexpected conversations and generate new ideas. Google also aims for its spaces to be in line with its philosophy that "life at Google is not all work".