Google Offices New York City
The former Port Authority building, sits like a beached, red-brick cruise ship overlooking New York's Chelsea neighborhood. The building is so big, it takes up an entire city block on 8th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets. It takes about 20 minutes to walk once around the building. The size is all the more striking because in a densely-packed city like New York, which is full of very tall buildings, it's rare to find one that is so horizontally gigantic. The building itself offers nearly 2.9 million square feet of usable office space. Located in NYC’s premiere contemporary art district on the west side of Manhattan, Chelsea has become one of NYC’s most sought after residential locales.
Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products and employs about 7,000 in the city. Purchased in 2011 – in cash – Google immediately set about putting their unique stamp on it. When Google takes over an office space, they don’t just remodel, they completely re-imagine. Every one of Google’s 24 North American offices has a unique look and feel that matches the city in which it resides.
The New York office features a hallway paved in subway tiles, complete with a fire hose fixture and walls painted in throwback graffiti. There are a number of themed conference rooms, including a subway-themed room, complete with a wall-sized map of the NYC subway system and a Broadway-themed room, complete with elegant gold chairs upholstered in plush red velvet.
The Chelsea office space is actually carefully designed and orchestrated to create as many opportunities for interaction between diverse employees as possible. In essence, the office space is designed to work much like New York City itself, by creating opportunities for diverse groups of people to have random encounters as much as possible.
With all the hustle and bustle of a busy office, Google understands the need for privacy and quiet. The Chelsea office is loaded with nooks, crannies and quiet corners where employees can think, meditate or just do some work in peace and quiet.
GU solution: Turn windows with concealed special hinges up to 300 kg
Google wanted to improve the aesthetic value and efficiency of the company’s headquarters in New York. Therefore, it needed windows that would incorporate these basic features and at the same time be robust and of extremely high thermal insulation (air tight, water tight, wind pressure and load resistance). The project required the installation of 3,500 windows.