When you see so many colors integrated in playful offices, the main brand that comes to mind is Google. Today we would like to give you a tour of Google’s thriving new campus, located in Dublin and designed by Camenzind Evolution in collaboration with local firm Henry J. Lyons Architects. The giant 47’000 m2 workspace currently represents the Google EU Headquarters and is part-time home for employees coming from more than 65 countries and speaking over 45 languages.
The values of the brand are carefully mirrored by the impressive amount of interiors; ‘Apart from innovative office spaces, the Masterplan required the successful organization of a multitude of additional functions, such as 5 restaurants, 42 micro kitchens and communication hubs, game rooms, fitness center, pool, wellness areas, conference, learning & development center, tech stops, over 400 informal and formal meeting rooms and phone booths and so on“. Each level of the newly constructed Google Docks main campus building has a special theme, reflected through different materials, colors and shapes. Our favorites: BE GREEN, expressing Google’s ecological focus and @HOME dedicated to giving employees a cozy, friendly work environment.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light