Google has, for some time now, been leading the way in large-scale green office developments. In fact, the company’s entire business model has a highly sustainable undertone, with its data centres and functional spaces some of the greenest in the world.
Known not only for their highly trendy and comfortable workplaces, Google’s offices are a testament to hedonistic sustainability. The company has an impressive ability to create green spaces that are inviting, aesthetically pleasing and fun, and its latest completed development in London is no different.
The recently-completed development will serve as Google’s London Headquarters and is located in the Central St. Giles Building in Covent Garden. The site was designed by acclaimed architect Renzo Piano, known in London for his iconic ‘Shard’ building.
While the interiors feature the mix-and-match of materials, bright colours and the overall ‘vibe’ associated with the IT super-company, it has certainly been contextualised into its surroundings. Architectural firm PENSON has featured Union Jacks throughout the office spaces with the addition of heritage ‘living’ rooms and other such spaces serving as a distinct nod to British design.
Reclaimed and recycled materials have been used throughout the development, which adds a distinct character to the space. The designers have ensured the company’s long tradition of high green standards is upheld by not implementing high VOC based materials, paints or furnishings. This same principle has been incorporated into the use and timber floor boards and Eco plywood floor perimeters.
The 160,000 square foot site will include offices; a main reception fit with a light-designed logo, gymnasium, restaurant and various other space all overlooking the city of London.
The ‘Secret Gardens’, exterior booths set in amongst hedges that offer private workspaces in a relaxed manner, are shielded from environmental forces. Other outside-the-box features include soundproof meeting spaces, gardening areas and rooms for relaxation and visual simulation.
“It’s all about human beings and that’s it,” says PENSON founder Lee Penson. “Think sunken snugs, comfort, fun, comfy slippers, squishy carpets, cushions, daybeds, nice fresh food, gardening, vegetables, health, visual stimulation, relaxation, exercise, fresh air, and you’ll get what it’s all about as an HQ.”
Come September the space will be fully operational, able to complement the engineers’ offices also completed by PENSON last year.