Office Design Trends |
Google are the Kings of Search – we all know that. They have gone beyond being a name, to a global brand and on to being an activity: “I just Googled it”. So far, stating the obvious….
What they’re less renowned for is being market leaders in office design trends. It is to Google we owe the advent of the office playground with spiralling slides, table tennis, and liberal splashes of primary colours. But that was all so nineteen nineties.
We’ve had a sneaky peak into the new Google offices in London – and it’s interesting to see how they have changed their ideology away from quirky perks and back toward a more restrained design that is both flexible and sustainable.
So, what can we learn from Google’s new London office designs?
Google Office Design
The Reception Area: This is a vast atrium of open space, a beautiful blend of colour, geometry, and movement. The key here is flexibility – all of reception’s furnishings can easily be moved around or removed in the event that Google requires the space for other purposes.
The Pods: The flexibility theme continues with the modular meeting and videoconferencing rooms. As with the reception area, these pods are simple to put together, move, or take apart and are constructed using plywood panels that are tactile and fragrant.
The Acoustics and Ergonomics: All insulation panels have been perforated to stop unnecessary reverberation, and extra fan-coil units have been installed in the building’s ceilings. No stuffy, crammed office spaces here, there is a natural feeling to the flow of air within the entire building.
Biophilic design is big in commercial interiors now, and rightly so. Google understand this and have embraced it. We look forward to seeing more innovative ideas coming from this design trend as office spaces become places we look forward to going to on a Monday morning.