Colorful and interactive, the Google’s new offices in Tel Aviv, Israel seem more like a part of a dreamy holiday hotel, than “plain old” working spaces. Designed by Camenzind Evolution, in collaboration with Setter Architects and Studio Yaron Tal, Google’s new campus in Tel Aviv occupies seven floors and a total area of 85,000 square feet. Aside from being witty and inspirational, Google’s working rooms in the Electra Tower have extensive views over the city.
Breathe in and enjoy the photos below which reveal that each interior is more welcoming than the next: “It is a new milestone for Google in the development of innovative work environments: nearly 50% of all areas have been allocated to create communication landscapes, giving countless opportunities to employees to collaborate and communicate with other Googler’s in a diverse environment that will serve all different requirements and needs.” Each level was designed considering various aspects of Israeli design and sustainability was also a major objective when developing the architecture plans.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic