The YouTube Headquarters is designed to be an anti-icon, a building that puts people first.

Continuing our work with Google, for the last several years SHoP has been developing a master plan for the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California. Phase One of this five-phase project encompasses a sprawling, skylit glass, wood and steel workplace set across three levels and measuring over 400,000 square feet.

Outdoor spaces are seamlessly integrated, forming a network through the site that links a series of courtyards. These are conceived to reduce the apparent scale of the building and provide a sense of place.

Wellness considerations are present throughout, including access to fresh air, universal daylighting, a full range of appropriate contemporary work environments—from heads-down solo spaces to grand all-hands gathering—and a pervasive presence of natural, ornamental and functional plantings that work hand-in-hand with the project’s environmental targets.

  • status design
  • size 440,000 sf