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Google's New Amsterdam Offices Are Extremely Dutch

There are ceiling panels designed to look like stroopwafels.

  • <p>Google just showed off some pictures of its brand-new Amsterdam office.</p>
  • <p>Google's offices tend to draw inspiration from the city they're in, like a Stanford-like campus for its California headquarters and a loft space for the Chelsea offices in New York.</p>
  • <p>The Amsterdam office features stroopwafel ceiling tiles.</p>
  • <p>There are also lots of fun little touches, like neon signs and exposed brick.</p>
  • <p>And, of course, a foosball table. Are you legally allowed to have a Google office without a foosball table? We'll consult our lawyers and get back to you.</p>
  • <p>Weirdly, some of the meeting rooms are in these mobile-home-type structures within the office, complete with lawn chair and grill.</p>
  • 01 /06

    Google just showed off some pictures of its brand-new Amsterdam office.

  • 02 /06

    Google's offices tend to draw inspiration from the city they're in, like a Stanford-like campus for its California headquarters and a loft space for the Chelsea offices in New York.

  • 03 /06

    The Amsterdam office features stroopwafel ceiling tiles.

  • 04 /06

    There are also lots of fun little touches, like neon signs and exposed brick.

  • 05 /06

    And, of course, a foosball table. Are you legally allowed to have a Google office without a foosball table? We'll consult our lawyers and get back to you.

  • 06 /06

    Weirdly, some of the meeting rooms are in these mobile-home-type structures within the office, complete with lawn chair and grill.

Google's offices, though always Google-y, tend to take inspiration from their location. The original campus in Mountain View is sprawling and sunny, like an alternate-universe Stanford. The New York offices, on the far West Side, are industrial and loft-like. (More examples: London, Pittsburgh, Dublin.) And the new Amsterdam offices have stroopwafel ceiling panels.

Designed by D/DOCK, a local studio, the Amsterdam offices feature a mix of Google's in-house style and Dutch design cues. There's brick and graffiti, which are a hat-tip to the company's origins in a garage (though the actual Google garage is more suburban and less cool). There are the traditional trappings of startup offices worldwide, by which we mean, yeah, there's a foosball table.

But the design is also identifiably Dutch. There's a quirkiness to Dutch design, a playfulness that transforms the basics (which can be quite minimal) into something fun. Hence the stroopwafels, the reception desk that looks like a cargo area for a cruiser bicycle, and the 1960s caravans that serve as meeting rooms (complete with folding chairs and nonfunctional wood grills). Looks fun!

[via Designboom]

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