Google has over 70 offices in 40 countries and each and every single one of them is unique. The company hires a staff of interior designers and architects to make sure the space stands out and feels fresh and is a bottomless source of inspiration for its employees. Google's new headquarters in Amsterdam carries on this tradition and looks more like a jam pub than a work environment.
The 3000 square meters office was designed by D/DOCK, a Dutch design studio that patterned it after the garage, in which Larry Page and Sergey Brin started Google in 1998. In order to illustrate the atmosphere of that era, designers decided to fill the interior with numerous unusual elements and objects, such as cardboard box lights and the carrier cycle reception desk. While some walls have graffiti on them, others look as if they were made of red brick. There are a few casual conference rooms to take meetings in, but those can also be conducted on cozy vintage furniture in the hallway or - which is pretty quirky - in the real-life caravan from the 60s that the designers have put in the middle of the building.
Google is a company that highlights regional accents in its foreign offices and the subsidiary in Amsterdam is no different. Each floor gives a nod to typically Dutch themes - be it the Stroopwafel ceiling panels, Gingerbread wall covering, or the Delft Blue graphics in the restaurant. There's even a Febo snack wall that once served at a cafeteria in Amsterdam, but at Google office it acts as a distribution point of computer accessories.
Once they're done with the work or need a break, employees can go the super-healthy restaurant, gym, or meditation room. It is obvious that the office was designed to be a work environment that meets everyone's needs. Thanks to original atmosphere generated by interior and many fancy facilities available to employees, it offers a great opportunity to boost productivity, inspire, and help to stay in shape, both physically and mentally.