Google unveils plans for futuristic new headquarters

The search giant on Friday submitted a plan to local officials to expand its offices in Mountain View, Calif., with a whimsical design that incorporates sweeping translucent canopies and glass walls.

The company, which has become known for out-there projects like self-driving cars and Wi-Fi-beaming balloons, is planning to build on four sites in the city. The buildings will have flexible, movable elements that the company can tailor to different projects.

"Our self-driving car team, for example, has very different needs when it comes to office space from our search engineers," Google said in a blog post Friday.

The new site underscores the tech industry's explosive expansion -- in influence, economic power, and now, real estate. Google's quirky design rivals the audacious planned headquarters of its biggest competitors. Facebook's new campus is designed by world-famous architect Frank Gerhy and looks like a sprawling forest. Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., will be constructed like a giant circle and has been dubbed iSpaceship.
charleston-southinteriorcycle-track.jpgThe new site will have translucent canopies and glass walls. Google

Friday was the last day to submit plans for major building projects in Mountain View's North Bayshore technology district, which surrounds Google's main offices. LinkedIn is also expected to submit a building proposal for the district.

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