The Future Workplace of Google
For the people who work in them, offices should be more than just a place to work. They can be places where they make a connection with others, the brands they do great things for, and the building itself–especially when historically significant. Google’s new, sustainable office building at 237 Moffett Park Drive (237 MPD) is just such a place.
Google is committed to operate carbon-free by 2030. 237 MPD, home to Google Cloud employees, was designated to lead this initiative in sustainable construction, design, and workspace.
Google chose for 237 MPD’s architecture and development to adhere to guidelines set by the Living Building Challenge, whose standards focus on creating buildings that are regenerative and healthy for the people inside, while also being completely self-sufficient.
With hundreds of rooftop solar panels, 237 MPD is designed to generate more energy than it uses.
Google’s mission is to organize and simplify the world’s information, so it was imperative the team bring this to life in an unexpected experience. As guests traverse the lobby, an installation that first appears to be random freestanding sculptures, soon evolves with movement. This anamorphic sculpture ultimately resolves into the Google Cloud logo; an evocative moment where complexity is rendered into visual simplicity.
Design & Execution
Incredible things happen in this building every day, and also its past. By celebrating the rich innovative history at 237 MPD of its original tenants we provoke thought and dialogue with current tenants too.
The team tapped into 237’s live energy data–a Google first–to create a light sculpture that illuminates the building’s real-time energy consumption and the energy harvested from the sun.
When approached, it lights up a center panel showcasing the data details. This active installation helps spread our green story, inspiring employees to learn more and think about their own contribution to sustainability.
The Future Workplace of Google
Claudio Guglieri, Executive Creative Director, Huge
The first view inside the 237 Moffett Park Drive lobby. An anamorphic logo, representing the 5 Living Building Materials principles of sustainability.
Simplicity from complexity. The resolved view of the Google Cloud logo.
The first view inside the employee entrance. A computer history timeline exploding out of the CDC 6600 supercomputer once housed here in the 60’s.
The vestibule timeline walks guests through Silicon Valley computing highlights from the past to current. Leaving them with a message to “Build Beyond Possible” themselves.
Helios. A live data sculpture that compares the building’s energy consumption with the energy it harvests from the sun. A transparent way to display sustainability results & engage employees.
The Pulse, an interactive message board or “water cooler moment” that engages employees in community Q&A and factoids about sustainability and the local area.
Educational touch points throughout the building reveal its history and architectural intention through a series of data driven, steel, and cast concrete signs.
An in situ, didactic sign describing a reclaimed art piece from a local artist.