Google is planning to build a huge new “Downtown Wes” campus in San Jose, and the company has shared a rendering to show people what the space might look like. Google plans to make the 79-acre area feel less like a traditional corporate park by creating a comprehensive development that combines office space, homes, parks, retail space, and more.
The image above represents what Google calls “Gateway”. The proposed space will have a plaza for popular events, as well as an amphitheater for Google and the wider community.
Below is a rendering of an area called “Creekside Walk,” a walkway near the VTA light rail corridor that will be “inspired and framed by Los Gatos Creek.”
“Meander” is what Google calls the “city promenade,” an area that will be out of traffic and has a lawn for events, screenings and other shows.
While there will be 5,900 residential “units” and 500,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and cultural centers, there will be 7.3 million square feet of office space, according to Google’s 473-page slide design standards and guidelines for the proposed campus.
You can get a better idea of what the entire park looks like on this map, taken from Google’s nearly 39-minute YouTube video about the program.
More details about the project are available on Google and the San Jose City website. The San Jose City Council plans to review Google’s proposal in the spring of 2021 for final approval.
This isn’t Google’s only ambitious campus. The company announced a $1 billion investment in a campus in New York City’s Hudson Square in 2018 and proposed a 40-acre complex in Mountain View in September.