Technology giant Google has submitted an application to the government of Mountain View, California, to master plan a 40-acre neighborhood in the Silicon Valley city. Google Middlefield Park, as the company is calling the proposal, would stretch across 14 properties, and would bring a mix of residential, retail, office, and public spaces to an area around the VTA Middlefield Light Rail station on the east side of the city in the East Whisman area.
Google’s drawings show massings typical of the tech-focused city, with standalone, mid-rise office and residential buildings separated by modest greenspace. Renderings emphasize a handful of new parks, which ground-level retail would face, and through which pedestrian and bike paths would connect the development.
In total, the development would create 3,245,000-to-3,479,000 gross square feet of space, including room for 1,675-to-1,850 residential units. Google said that 20 percent of the units would be affordable.
Google is based in an office complex a couple of miles to the northwest of the East Whisman site.
Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels Group designed three other new buildings for the tech company in Mountain View, which are currently under construction. They feature massive tent-like roofs with dramatic slits.
More details about the Middlefield Park scheme are available in Google’s planning application here.