Google’s main offices, nicknamed Google-Plex, in Mountain View California has been the company’s headquarters since 2004, but they also have other offices around the globe. A lot of them actually, more than 70 and occupying 40 different countries. While none of these offices are exactly the same, they do share certain things that make the search giant one of the coolest places in the world to work. These things that make for such a great work experience include “murals and decorations expressing local personality; Googlers sharing cubes, yurts and “huddles”; video games, pool tables and pianos; cafes and “micro kitchens” stocked with healthy food; and good old fashioned whiteboards for spur-of-the-moment brainstorming.”
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There is no doubt that Google has made their impression on the insides these buildings but they have never designed their own, opting instead to transform places like the former Port Authority headquarters in New York City into Google approved places to work . According to David Radcliffe, a civil engineer who oversees the company’s real estate, “We’ve been the world’s best hermit crabs: we’ve found other people’s shells, and we’ve improved them.”
Most recently the company has been looking into designing their own campus from jump street. After a scrapped project involving German architect Christophe Ingenhoven, they decided on Seattle based architecture firm NBBJ to design their new home near San Francisco bay.
The blueprints for the new office park were made available to Vanity Fair who describe the complex this way:
“The more you look at the complex, however, the more intriguing it is. The new campus, which the company is calling Bay View, consists of nine roughly similar structures, most of which will be four stories high, and all of which are shaped like rectangles that have been bent in the middle. The bent rectangles are arranged to form large and small courtyards, and several of the buildings have green roofs. All of the structures are connected by bridges, one of which will bring people directly to one of the green roofs that has been done up with an outdoor caf© and gathering space. And cars, the bane of almost every suburban office complex, including the Google-Plex, are hidden away.”
Google being Google of course used their intensive data mining while working with NBBJ to make the best work space available. Radcliffe also wanted to create “casual collisions of the work force.”, meaning that every employee will only be two and a half minute walk from any other. No small task in a proposed 1.1 million square foot area.
As you can see from the picture they have taken the fabled guts of Google work spaces and projected them onto the outside, creating a very welcoming place to work. Hopefully we’ll be seeing giant Android statues out in front of this place very soon.