Reconfiguring of office accommodation for up to 750 Google employees across six floors, ancillary areas such as meeting rooms, tea stations, cellular offices, and breakout spaces. In addition, construction of a new 380 seater auditorium and expanded canteen facility.
14,908 sqm² (160,469 ft²)
Large Commercial Interior Project of the Year – Google Gordon House, EMEA, Dublin at MIXOLOGY 2014
Reddy Architecture + Urbanism, in collaboration with HLW, a New York based architectural firm, was appointed to design Google’s HQ in Barrow Street, Dublin.
The project consists of fitting out three buildings, of parts are already occupied, linking all three buildings over the streets between them and redesigning the streetscape to create a ‘Google Zone’.
Known for its innovative and exciting approach to its workplaces, Google has high ambitions for its Dublin HQ. Our role in delivering this places us in the forefront of developments in the workplace.
Design work commenced in January 2012.
The scope of the works associated with the refurbishment of the building includes provision of reconfigured office accommodation for up to 750 Google employees across six floors, ancillary areas such as meeting rooms, tea stations, cellular offices, and breakout spaces. In addition, Ground Level seen the construction of a new 380 seater auditorium and expanded canteen facility. The overall theme driving the design intent was ‘posh garage’ – a play on the idea of working from one’s own garage but in more luxurious surroundings!
Working closely with Google we have gained a strong appreciation for their dynamic culture. This has been achieved through a series of stakeholder interviews, workshops and ‘Googler’ surveys that have given us a better understanding of how they would like to see their workplace. We are also well verse when it comes to Google Guidelines and have worked closely with them to determine the appropriate workstation layouts and workplace ratios.
The integration of state of the art technology is a key aspect of this project as well as promoting Google’s commitment to sustainable design. In addition to working towards LEED accreditation it is the first Google project outside of the US to be part of the Google Green Team Healthy Materials Program.
RA has also been commissioned as the local architect overseeing the construction of a pedestrian bridge which connects the three Google buildings on Barrow Street. The design draws on Google’s watchwords of Innovation and Simplicity. In its most simplistic terms, the Bridge facilitates direct connection between the buildings at the second floor levels, in an enclosed, elegant glazed form. RA has also engaged with Dublin City Council and Landscape Architects Brady Shipman Martin in the creation of a vibrant new public realm scheme for Barrow Street. The proposed works will bring badly needed coherence and quality of space to what has been a neglected public carriageway and pedestrian thoroughfare.