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Google has teamed up with Bjarke In­gels again. The tech gi­ant re­vealed plans for a Big-de­signed cam­pus in Sun­ny­vale, Cal­i­for­nia. BIG is cur­rently work­ing with Heather­wick Stu­dios on two Google hubs, one in Lon­don and the other in Moun­tain View, Cal­i­for­nia. Just miles from the lat­ter, the new site is set to in­clude two build­ings packed with sig­na­ture In­gels moves, in­clud­ing a ramped roof that swoops to ground level, al­low­ing work­ers to bike from floor to floor. Mean­while, an­other big tech project is draw­ing crit­i­cism in Aus­tralia. Ap­ple an­nounced in De­cem­ber that its next “Town Square” re­tail flag­ship would be built in Mel­bourne’s Fed­er­a­tion Square. The news re­sulted in pub­lic out­cry and the launch of a “Stop Ap­ple” web­site protest­ing the de­mo­li­tion of the Yarra Build­ing, which cur­rently oc­cu­pies the site in­tended for the store, set to be de­signed by Foster + Part­ners. The Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects, the Plan­ning In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia and the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Land­scape Ar­chi­tects have col­lec­tively spo­ken out against the plan and the lack of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion. Wher­ever the next flag­ship may land, we hope it’s equipped to deal with the lo­cal cli­mate. When win­ter weather hit, Foster’s re­cently opened Ap­ple out­post in Chicago also made head­lines. The store’s perime­ter was roped off af­ter the Mac­book­shaped roof cre­ated a fall­ing ice haz­ard – and a whole lot of “ici­cle” jokes.

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