New offices for Google Engineering, Victoria
Up and coming architecture and interior design brand, Penson, have completed this fantastic project for Google Engineering in Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria. Designed to be like a starship enterprise-come-space module-come space-city affair, it is shrewdly functional whilst laying down some really clever & fresh thinking workplace strategies.
Henrique Penha of Google commented: “Working with the team at PENSON was a pleasure, they truly understood the functional and aesthetic attributes we were after when redesigning Google’s new engineering offices in London. Together, we pushed the ambition of the project into every phase, giving the Engineering teams in London a place to incubate and execute on numerous Google projects and products.”
The floor provides a mixture of spaces, gaming rooms, music studios, a park, coffee lab, flight pods, lounges, micro-kitchens, an amazing auditorium labelled Tech Talk & an abundance of very clever collaboration & working spaces.
Most walls across the space are magnetic white board laminates, which allow scribbles across the entire floor. In small or large nooks & crannies, Googlers collaborate in alone, in pairs or in spaces that can present casually to 100 people. It’s very clever, loose & natural in that the space works around Googlers & not the other way around. The laminates give a spacious glossy jointless feel. It’s simply fab!
Corridors no longer exist through other clever ideas, which mean that footprint usage of the floor plate is maximised. Through shrewd space planning using techniques that only PENSON seem to dream up, the floor has been totally max packed, however, the spaces feel incredibly loose & spacious. Large isles of walkways in Bolon NOW silver and BKB Metallic Gamma have inter-connecting orange lines from Bolon Spektra Eclipt to create a joined-up approach, which breaks up floors. Bolon continues around the desking which looks different and fully integrated into the space thanks to the orange banding that flows from the Spektra Eclipt.
It's a special place that presses all of the right buttons at all levels. Statistics, workplace strategies, styling, atmosphere & forward thinking for Google's Googlers. Magic!