It’s five story’s, 89,000-square-feet and incorporates ideas from staff – Google’s Richmond St office is something most companies can only dream of, but there are lessons to learn from their top notch space.
From a café offering free food and snacks, to the music room where employees can learn a new tune on the guitar, the company is doing all it can to encourage creativity and focus.
The new office has an environmental focus, which is becoming increasingly important to potential employees – especially Gen Y candidates. From lights and carpets made of recycled material to the 100% renewable power supplying the office – Google is putting their value of environmental action to work.
They’re also recognizing the relationship between exercise and productivity with a free gym onsite for staff use. And it’s not all free-weights and treadmills. A “blender bike” allows staff to combine their favourite fruit, milk, yoghurt and other ingredients in a blender. A couple minutes of pedaling and they’ve made their treat under their own power.
And the fun element that Google is known for certainly hasn’t been left behind – staff can play arcade games, ping pong, billiard, darts and even a mini-putt course.
For more envy-inducing elements check out the pictures below (Photo credit: REUTERS/Mark Blinch).
Google employee Andrea Janus demonstrates the use of the mini-putt green on the balcony at the new Google office in Toronto.
A Google employee enjoys their state-of-the-art gym.
A break room is separated from the open-plan office by a wall of recycled bicycles.