When complete, Google’s new London headquarters will be longer than the Shard — the tallest skyscraper in the UK — is tall.
The Shard measures 1,016 feet tall. Google’s London headquarters is similar in size but flipped on its side; it’s 1,082 feet long.
The building’s architects, Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios, call it a “landscraper,” as it gains most of its size by stretching horizontally over land rather than vertically.
Google’s landscraper will be one of the first of its kind in the world. But Amy Webb, a futurist, expects landscrapers to become more mainstream over the next 20 years in the US. She writes about landscrapers in the 2017 “What the Future” report from the research firm Ipsos.
“Landscrapers will create entirely new city footprints that we just haven’t seen yet in the US, and could make life easier and more realistic,” said Webb, who identifies socioeconomic, geopolitical, and business trends based on quantitative data.
Here’s what we can expect from the landscrapers of the future.