Google Campus in Dublin, Ireland Offices Interior, Irish Architecture, Architects
Google Campus Dublin, Ireland
Irish Offices Interior Architecture: EU Headquarters for EMEA – by Evolution Design
17 Feb 2016
Google Dublin Campus
Architects: Evolution Design with Henry J. Lyons Architects
Google Campus Dublin – Google EU Headquarters, Republic of Ireland
A thriving new campus boosting the spirit of innovation
The thriving campus of Google Ireland consist 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 ever growing sales, marketing, finance and
engineering teams, coming from more than 65 countries and speaking over 45 languages.
Masterplanned by the 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 center 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 referrred 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 center, pool, wellness areas, conference,
learning & development centre, tech stops, over 400 informal and formal meeting rooms and
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
architect Tanya Ruegg from Evolution Design.
In order to achieve these important goals, the locations of all functions were very carefully
balanced between the different floors and buildings. In addition, a bridge is planned to be
built to connect ‘Google Docks’, ‘Gasworks House’ and ‘Gordon House’ together,
encouraging an easy flow between buildings and people.
UNIQUE BUILDING IDENTITIES
Google Docks. 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.
The Floor Themes include:
‘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
‘CREATE’ – expresses the free, unrestrained and open-minded spirit of Google,
opening endless opportunities to its users and allowing them to create
‘ORGANIZE’ – dedicated to Google’s mission to organize the world’s information and
make it universally accessible and useful
‘INNOVATE’ – expresses Google’s boundlessly advanced, dynamic and progressive
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 characteristical 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.
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: The first LEED
Platinum certification in Ireland.
Floor Area: 47’000 m2
Completion: Phased, from 2011 to present
CREDITS – ARCHITECTURAL
Evolution Design in Association with Henry J. Lyons Architects
Masterplan, Google Docks, 1 Grand Canal, Gasworks House
CREDITS – DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION TEAM
Project Management, QS: Gardiner and Theobald
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Ethos, AxisEng
Structural Engineering: Aecom
LEED Consultancy: Mott McDonald
Planning Consultancy: John Spain Associates
Fire and DAC Consultancy: Maurice Johnson & Partners
Catering Consultancy: Tricon PLC
Acoustic Engineering: I-Acoustics
Fit Out Project of the Year 2013 Award
IDA International Design Awards 2013 “Interior Design Office” – Gold
A’ Design Awards 2014 “Interior Space” – Platinum
© Peter Wurmli
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