The Google Offices (Inspiration!)
The most important thing when it comes to buying a new home, condo, or even leasing out an office space is the question "Do I find this space inspiring?" Ask yourself, will you be excited to wake up in the morning? Will you be eager to host your next dinner party? Will you be inspired to produce exceptional work? - these are the questions that need to be asked in my opinion. Your home, your workplace should inspire you to be the best you can be. Arguably, no one does this better than Google - here's an article from a recent Interior Design highlighting Google's brillian offices in Irvine California.
They love their theme offices at the search-engine giant, a repeat client for principal David Galullo. At his first, a San Francisco workplace, the “urban” design includes a media zone named after Mission Dolores Park. For his latest outpost, down in Orange County, the obvious choice was the beach, which he captured with such elements as the spray-painted cruiser bikes in the reception area and the lifeguard tower and fire pit on the roof deck.
But the theme was just a start. “We surveyed the staff, pushing them further, and we found out that they’re very competitive,” he says of the 300-strong population, mostly engineers. That information became the jumping-off point for other aspects of his scheme for the 91,000 square feet, split between four levels. Connecting them, the centerpiece is a staircase in steel and perforated acrylic—wired with sensors and LEDs. The sensors track employee movement through their key cards, and the distance climbed is broadcast on monitors in lounges. The LEDs produce light shows, especially in the evening.
Reception’s showstopper, aside from those cruiser bikes, is the teak canopy that curves drama-tically over the desk. Crashing wave? Skateboard ramp? Google it.
Check out the article and more images at InteriorDesign.net