Google redesign its offices for the post-pandemic world
The company’s first office was a busy garage in Silicon Valley, and in 2003, five years after its founding, the company moved to a sprawling headquarters called Googleplex.
Airy, open offices and quirky common spaces set the standard for what an innovative workplace was supposed to look like.
And over the years the amenities built up, food was free, so were the buses to and from work, and getting to the office and staying there all day was easy.
The company that has redefined how an employer treats its employees is trying to redefine the office itself.
Google is working to create a post-pandemic workplace that accommodates employees who used to work from home over the past year and don’t want to stay in the office all the time anymore.
Over the next year or so, Google plans to experiment with new office designs with millions of square feet of space, or about 10 percent of its global business space.
Some of these solutions try to solve the problems that exist due to the open office standard, and here are some of the mentioned methods:
- Capsules containing chairs, desks, and storage units can be moved and rearranged in a matter of hours.
- Inflatable robotic walls to create temporary boundaries between open-plan offices.
- Fabric upper duct system with hook and loop fasteners can move for different seating arrangements.
- A new circular conference room with large vertical displays showing the faces of people calling the video.
- More outdoor work and meeting spaces with tables and chairs in our outdoor tents.
- A workstation that remembers users’ settings and adjusts temperature, altitude, and tilt of the monitor based on the employee card.
- Connect optional leaf shaped sections called petals to desks to get rid of glare.
- Office chairs with built-in headrest speakers make white noise to mute the near sound.
- Outdoor work areas consisting of grass and wooden floor the size of four tennis courts with wireless network.
- A collection of different movable walls that can be packaged and shipped to offices all over the world.