Google Dublin Campus

If anyone is spearheading the "fun" workplace movement, it’s Google.

Google Dublin Campus

The search giant has unveiled its newly expanded HQ in Dublin.

Google Dublin Campus

The sprawling campus stretches across four building in downtown Dublin, covering 47,000 square meters of office space.

Google Dublin Campus

The campus’s central building, called "Google Docks," has been garnering the most attention for its wacky interiors.

Google Dublin Campus

Designed by architecture firm Camenzind Evolution, Google Docks consists of 14 floors of offices, each one different than the other.

Google Dublin Campus

The architects decided to program each floor with a single function and a unique corresponding theme.

Google Dublin Campus

The scheme creates several kinds of creative work environments, each with its own decor.

Google Dublin Campus

The open-endedness of each level helps promote collaborative work between employees.

Google Dublin Campus

The floors have their own amenities, including coffee stations and play areas, that form several informal meeting areas.

Google Dublin Campus

The floors are characterized by bold colors and a quirky sense of interior design.

Google Dublin Campus

Lounge chairs, pool tables, and interesting light fixtures abound, all of which help create a relaxing, fun-filled work environment.

Google Dublin Campus

Fussball table? Check. Artful chandeliers? Check. Espresso machine? Check.

Google Dublin Campus

Semi-private booths give employees a space to take lunch or huddle together in conference.

Google Dublin Campus

There are 14 themed floors including "SEARCH," "GREEN," "@HOME," "CREATE," "ORGANIZE," and "INNOVATE."

Google Dublin Campus

A putting green on the SEARCH level gives coders a chance to work on their strokes.

Google Dublin Campus

The offices on the SEARCH floor.

Google Dublin Campus

@HOME, for example, packs all the creature comforts of home.

Google Dublin Campus

It’s centered around a large kitchen where employees socialize and hash out ideas together.

Google Dublin Campus

The GREEN floor is covered with a carpet of synthetic grass and sprinkled with live plants.

Google Dublin Campus

It also makes extensive use of bark-like coverings.

Google Dublin Campus

A "green amphitheater" on the same floor is a glass enclosed lecture hall and demo space for developers to test out ideas.

Google Dublin Campus

All told, the campus offers employees the choice of five restaurants, on-site tech shops, 42 kitchenettes, a fitness center, a game room, and an 82-meter swimming pool.

Co.Design

Tour Google's New Dublin Campus, A Playground For Nerds

The search engine’s new Dublin HQ is a spunky, brightly colored workplace with in-your-face design flourishes.

By all accounts, it’s fun to work at Google. How could it not be, with all those slides, lounge chairs, and espresso cafes to keep you happy (read: productive) throughout the work day and, yes, night? And that’s the point. Every new Google office, a Google spokesperson told The New York Times in March, aims to achieve one goal: “to create the happiest, most productive workplace in the world.” It would be hard to argue with that. (Or would it?)

In the past year, Google opened its third office in the U.K., a tidy British affair stuffed with niceties like plush velvet sofas and grandfather rockers. The company’s sprawling new Dublin campus couldn’t be more different.

Google’s Dublin flagship covers 47,000 square meters of pricey downtown real estate. The offices are spread across four buildings, though the campus’s central building has been attracting the most attention. Designed by architecture firm Camenzind Evolution, the main offices occupy 14 floors of a jet-black Miesian tower; they’re linked by spunky, brightly colored interiors and in-your-face design cues. The vertical operations are packed to the gills with amenities, all meant to keep you inside for as long as possible. Employees have their pick of five restaurants; can preuse new products at various on-site tech shops; and have access to 42 kitchenettes, a fitness center, a game room, and an 82-meter swimming pool.

The architects developed a particular theme for each of the floors, where different aspects of the company’s operations are represented with unique decor and “hangout” areas. There’s level “Search,” where employees hack away all day long, fine-tuning Google’s patented algorithms. New Google Apps are iterated and tested on the “‘Appiness” floor; while level “Be green” is fully carpeted in a layer of grass and strewn with plants and bark-faced wallpaper. Burning the midnight oil and sorely in need of a break and a change of pace? Head on down to “@Home,” where all of home’s comforts will be waiting.

It’s a schizophrenic design strategy, to say the least. Moving up and down the offices is somewhat akin to walking in a shopping mall where every store has its own identity and wares; only here, the experience is much more immersive, with a seeming endless array of wall paints and thematic props vying for your attention. The stacked floor arrangement congests the diverse set of programs, leaving the visitor bewildered as they make their way from floor to floor. It’s a bit of a madhouse, and you’d never know it from the street. Only the lobby’s quirky sculptures give any indication of the frenetic work and play inside: a giant 3-D Google logo, its letters pulled apart and half-sunk into the floor, dominate the streetfront.

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  • Wales Chen

    This is a heaven for all nerds (I guess I am one too) to work within. Boss, may I have an office like this too?

    Hey, I have a better idea! Google, can you hire me so I could work there?