The search giant is known for its playful, unconventional workspaces—perhaps intended to offset its fairly Vader-esque public image, and certainly, to sweeten the deal for young, in-demand engineers who may be juggling other offers. In Pittsburgh, Googlers enjoy an industrial theme and slides. In Zurich, it’s birch trees and meeting cocoons. Meanwhile, in London, Google has two established offices—one is industrial chic, the other, a space-age white box. Now, a third office—a “Super HQ”—has opened on the eighth floor of Central Saint Giles, the Renzo Piano-designed tower in Covent Garden.
Google’s Quirky New London HQ: Fit For Mr. Bean
“Hey guys, branding has requested that we now refer to the padded room as a ‘meeting cocoon.’” —Imagined handling of Google office stigmas
Oh god… Their workplaces are so amazing. I need to find me a job here at the one in San Francisco if I decide to stay up there.