Google’s vice president of hardware design Ivy Ross has created an office building for her Silicon Valley team that is arranged around an atrium, skylight and staircase.
Ross worked with an architecture team to complete the Google Design Lab at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, where upcoming complex by BIG and Heatherwick and the 15-year-old Googleplex complex are also located.
An existing, two-storey brick building, formerly used by LinkedIn, was redesigned to create a laboratory for the hardware team, which designs Google products like Pixel phones and Nest systems.Ross has arranged the workspace arranged around an atrium topped by a skylight, which floods the ground level with daylight.
“Your surroundings change the way you feel, therefore, we wanted to create a selection of areas with different feelings so individuals could choose to work where they felt most comfortable,” Ross said.”It’s fascinating to see where different people choose to go when they want a place to work away from their desks.”
Other than the colourful books and cushions in the space, which are soft pink upstairs, the office has minimal finishes like white and wood surfaces, and polished concrete floors. A glazed banister wraps around the atrium to further add a sense of lightness and openness.
Google Design Lab measures 70,000 square feet (6,503 square metres) and has offices, meeting rooms, and a heavy machinery shop for creating 3D models and mixing paint on its ground floor.Upstairs is an open-plan workplace for product designers lined in floor-to-ceiling windows. Meeting rooms and nooks are also located up here.
Two spaces that are distinct to Google Design Lab’s activities – focusing on materials and colour exploration – overlook the atrium on the upper level. Both have glass fronts as natural light is a priority for testing products and surfaces in different lighting conditions.
One room is dedicated to the material library and contains an archive of almost all of the materials and surfaces in the world. It is run by an in-house librarian, who has curated a physical and a digital archive for designers to learn about the components and origins of the different materials.
The library contains materials that Google is investigating as alternatives that could be more sustainable, including bioplastics, wax paper from Japan, swatches of recycled cashmere and Kvadrat fabrics.Last month, the company launched a Nest Mini speaker that included recycled plastic as part of this research.
Another office of the same size is home to a colour material and finish lab. The room contains an archive of packaging, materials and products that Google has created to date, and is also a place where a variety of objects are collected to help inspire product design.
项目名称：Google Design Lab