Google Canada’s New Toronto Office Opens
Google Canada unveiled its newest Canadian office in Toronto. HOK worked with Google to design the 58,000-sq.-ft. workplace stacked over five floors on Richmond St. in Toronto’s downtown core. The team is working toward LEED Gold certification to support Google’s commitment to sustainable practices.
The Star described “Eight Cool Things about Google’s New Toronto Office” that make the space “a dream come true for workers:”
The café and micro kitchens
The music rooms
Fishing-wire carpet (and other environmental initiatives)
The hidden room
The blender bike
The great Canadian design (and brain exercise art)
In an article titled “Google Pioneers a Whole New Office,” The Globe and Mail reports that the company “has designed every corner of the five-floor office to cater to different employees needs and wants. From fake-grassy hills to sit on, to secret libraries, Google aims to get its people talking.”
“If you can access your technology you can really work everywhere,” said Annie Bergeron, a designer at HOK. “Every meeting space and lounge space allows you to take your technology with you and work. And that’s why the spaces are so flexible and well utilized.”
The Financial Post’s article notes that in addition to media members, the tour of Google’s new Canadian headquarters was attended by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and federal MP Peter Van Loan, leader of the government in the House of Commons. The article includes several photos of the space.
All photos courtesy of Google/Camilla Pucholt