Culture and comfort were the driving principles in the design of the Google Amsterdam offices, set on the upper floors of a high-rise. The office supports the dynamic culture of the company and caters for its passionate and dedicated, international teams.
Client Google Nederland
Location Amsterdam
Square 3.700
Timeline June 2018 - July 2019

A large coffee bar annex playroom and work-cafe was designed to bring people together and create an urban style break-out space. An iconic light feature flanks the stair interconnecting the two floors. The colours of the light feature are one of the subtle references to the google brand and technology.

The workspaces are separated from the urban working cafe to create a different atmosphere and ensure good acoustics. Yet it still maintains a playful atmosphere, just one that is more personal and private, allowing for experiments, for team collaborations and for concentrated working. Meeting spaces line the building core and in the open workspace around it you run into lots of plants, skateboards, interactive Lego installations hooked up to computers, fun toys, quotes and other personal expressions.

The working café is characterized by an iconic light feature which flanks the stair interconnecting two floors, and references to typical Dutch games and the famous ‘De Stijl’ elements.

Moving from the urban working cafe to the workspaces you enter a corridor with a starry sky ceiling that continues in the open workspace area to wrap the meeting spaces around the building core. Space dividing cabinets are flexible and completely demountable as they are made without use of glue. Splashes of colour radiate from the meeting rooms, whereas the workspace itself is materialised in greys, whites, blacks and dotted with plants. The people and their personalities give colour to this canvas, maximising the paths their creativity can take.

Back in the cafe, you can lounge on the sofas with or without a laptop. There are typical Dutch games and fixed furniture is made with reference to the renowned Dutch 'De Stijl' tradition. You can play shuffleboard after a meeting or select any of the boardgames. The wooden sports hall flooring is a reclaimed material from an old gym and the bar is made of an old tree that once grew in the city centre of Amsterdam.

These elements create a sense of place and Amsterdam identity for those Googlers often traveling abroad.

Here too the fixed furniture is made from plywood mounted without use of glue. The raw and unpolished look and feel match the urban, slightly underground qualities of life in Amsterdam.

Due too rapid growth, Google rented two additional floors above their existing workspaces in Amsterdam. Fokkema & Partners was selected to create a masterplan for the integral office space and design two new floors for Google. Analysis on the way to most effectively employ the office led to a flexible design in which the density of workstations can be increased to solve a temporary overload.

Photographer: Bram Vreugdenhil.

The custom lighting feature was designed in collaboration with BeersNielsen.