Hess Timber is developing the façade system for the new Google HQ in London together with Josef Gartner GmbH, a leading global manufacturer of custom-made façades, Hess Timber announced.
Behind what will be the world's largest wooden façade (23,300 m² total area), a new company headquarters for around 7,000 employees is being built. On the roof of the so-called Landscraper, Google employees will have access to a spacious park with trees, green spaces and a running track after completion.
The design of the Google HQ was provided by Bjarke Ingels (BIG Group) and Thomas Heatherwick (Heatherwick Studio), who were already responsible for the architecture of the Google HQ in Mountain View, California. Currently, various mock-ups on a scale of 1:1 are located on the test site of Josef Gartner GmbH in Gundelfingen, Germany. The experience gained from these "stress tests" is important and necessary to gain insights for later use in the project.