Colorful and interactive, the Google’s new offices in Tel Aviv, Israel seem more like a part of a dreamy holiday hotel, than “plain old” working spaces. Designed by Camenzind Evolution, in collaboration with Setter Architects and Studio Yaron Tal, Google’s new campus in Tel Aviv occupies seven floors and a total area of 85,000 square feet. Aside from being witty and inspirational, Google’s working rooms in the Electra Tower have extensive views over the city.
Breathe in and enjoy the photos below which reveal that each interior is more welcoming than the next: “It is a new milestone for Google in the development of innovative work environments: nearly 50% of all areas have been allocated to create communication landscapes, giving countless opportunities to employees to collaborate and communicate with other Googler’s in a diverse environment that will serve all different requirements and needs.” Each level was designed considering various aspects of Israeli design and sustainability was also a major objective when developing the architecture plans.
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic