Feel good office
D/DOCK got the chance to transform 3,000m2 of office space into an interactive landscape for the Google team in Amsterdam. Inspiration for the design was the garage in which Larry Page and Sergey Brin first launched Google. Quirky elements reflect this - from graffiti on the walls and light fittings that look like cardboard boxes, to the industrial open ceilings and the container wall in the Johan Cruijff Tech Talk; an auditorium seating 70 people.
D/DOCK approached the new workspace as an intelligent landscape. Each floor has its own ‘cave’. All shared facilities such as meeting rooms, video booths, micro-kitchens and so-called huddle rooms (compact meeting rooms) are
centred around this area. The individual workstations are part of the ‘neighbourhoods’ located along the windows. In this adaptive layout the working environment stimulates communication but at the same time offers the opportunity to concentrate and find isolation. A subtle wink to Dutch culture.
D/DOCK Partner and Managing Director, Coen van Dijck calls the Google office a ‘feel good’ office: “A working environment has been created that meets everyone’s needs and improves people’s performance. Happiness, comfort, flexibility, relaxation, movement, daylight, fresh air, visual stimulation and balanced catering are fundamental elements that make this office a healthy place”, he adds.
Google Amsterdam features the following De Ploeg fabrics: Nevada, Polar, Acre and Vilano.