Google Campus Dublin

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Architects: Evolution Design
Area:  47000 m²
Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Wurmli

Text description and images are provided by the architects.

The thriving campus of Google Campus Dublin consists of four buildings located in the heart of Dublin’s historic docklands district. With over 47’000 m2 of unique office space, the campus represents an amazing workplace for Google’s evergrowing sales, marketing, finance and engineering teams, coming from more than 65 countries and speaking over 45 languages.

Masterplanned by Swiss architecture studio Evolution Design in collaboration with local firm Henry J. Lyons Architects, the campus represents the Google EU Headquarters and serves as the centre for sales and finances in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The tallest of the four campus buildings is the newly constructed 14-storey building ‘Google Docks’ which is also the tallest commercial building in Dublin. Two other buildings – ‘Gasworks House’ and ‘Gordon House’ – have been home for Google already and were completely refitted. The fourth building, ‘One Grand Canal’ – fondly referred to as ‘1GC’ – was newly fitted out.

Stimulating inner city campus

For the masterplan, the architects had to find a smart solution for the nearly impossible – to create a stimulating and interactive campus within a bustling environment in the midst of the inner city. Apart from innovative office spaces, the masterplan required the successful organisation of a multitude of additional functions, such as 5 restaurants, 42 micro kitchens and communication hubs, game rooms, fitness centre, pool, wellness areas, conference, learning & development centre, tech stops, over 400 meeting rooms, phone booths, etc.

“All these additional functions are part of the holistic work philosophy of Google, encouraging a balanced, healthy work environment and enabling as much interaction and communication between the Googlers as possible. In fact, as empirical researches and studies show, interaction and communication are crucial for creativity and innovation,” says Tanya Ruegg, creative director at Evolution Design.

In order to achieve these important goals, the locations of all functions were carefully balanced between the different floors and buildings. In addition, a bridge has been built to connect ‘Google Docks’, ‘Gasworks House’ and ‘Gordon House’, encouraging an easy flow between buildings and people.

Unique building identities

The newly constructed ‘Google Docks’ is the main campus building where each of the 14 floors represents the unique identity and strong values of Google.

‘SEARCH’ dedicated to finding any information as a fast, seamless experience
‘APPINESS’ dedicated to the popular Google Apps
‘BE GREEN’ expresses Google’s ecological focus
‘@HOME’ dedicated to Google’s aspiration of giving its users the feeling of being at home
‘CREATE’ expresses the free, unrestrained and open-minded spirit of Google, opening endles opportunities to its users and allowing them to create
‘ORGANIZE’ dedicated to Google’s mission to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful
‘INNOVATE’ expresses Google’s boundlessly advanced, dynamic and progressive character

The main area of each floor is the communication hub which is integrated among various functionalities depending on each floor – from open plan and flexible working spaces, to micro kitchens and informal meeting rooms, alternative working zones, game areas, cafés, gym and even a 25m indoor swimming pool. These spectacular hubs are created as unique highlights of each floor, bringing an exciting fresh quality to the working experience.

The distinctive character of each floor theme is also reflected through different materials, colours and shapes with either literal or more subconscious connection to the particular theme dedicated to the floor. Gasworks House, 1GC and Gordon House ‘Gasworks House’ has been redesigned representing EMEA’s characteristically natural and human-made landscapes, beginning from the sky, down to mountain peaks, rural and urban worlds, forests, sands and at last water.

‘1GC’ played homage to the Irish culture and its many myths, legends and traditions. It includes a replica Irish pub and a library space based on the Long Room in Trinity College.

The design inspiration for ‘Gordon House’ was taken from the multicultural nature of the company, blending the colours of country flags from around the world in a virtual corridor of colour. This created a well-connected and stimulating working environment embracing diversity and function as well as being unique, flexible and sustainable.

Environmental sustainability

Sustainability is a key focus area for Google and indeed all Google real estate projects work to LEED accreditation.Google Docks received LEED Platinum certification with an amazing score of 87 points: The first LEED Platinum certification in Ireland, the highest score in Ireland at the time, and the largest total certified floor area in Ireland at the time.


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