These are the first photographs inside Google’s latest office at 6 Pancras Square, designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Phase one of Google’s office near King’s Cross opens today for 500 employees, who will work on floors six to 11. The remaining floors will be opened in October as part of phase two.
All materials used by AHMM in the 164,000sqft building are free from toxins and comply with Google’s healthy materials selection criteria.
According to Steve Smith, associate at AHMM, the ‘idea [is] bringing natural things to the workplace’. Prominence is given to wood, including an oak staircase – coated in black steel – that snakes up the atrium.
Smith added that much of the design emphasises ‘engineered serendipity’. He said: ‘These chance encounters are shown to drive innovation, so we wanted to incorporate that into the work space.’
The 11th floor includes a café, roof terrace and lounge area with sleeping pods. There is also a teaching kitchen – the ‘KitchenSync’ – where cooking lessons will be held.
In addition, acoustic perforations are notable throughout the building, which are designed to absorb sound.
There are also a number of meeting and conference rooms, including the 240-seater ‘Major Tom’ – so-called after the astronaut in David Bowie’s Space Oddity.
Phase two is expected to bring a gym, meditation room, massage suite, games area – and a 90m running track.
The total capacity of the 371,000sqft building is around 2,500.
Last year the AJ revealed that AHMM, the original architect for Google’s new headquarters at another site in King’s Cross, was to be replaced by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels’ practice BIG (AJ 15.06.16).
The headquarters site is slightly over double the size of 6 Pancras Square.