Earlier than the pandemic, Google’s sprawling campus of ethereal, open workplaces and eccentric frequent areas set a typical for what an progressive office was presupposed to seem like.
Now, the corporate is making a office for the Covid period, with an idea maybe greatest described as Ikea meets Lego.
As an alternative of rows of desks subsequent to cookie-cutter assembly rooms, Google is designing “Group Pods.” Chairs, desks, whiteboards and storage models on casters could be wheeled into numerous preparations, and in some instances rearranged in a matter of hours. It’s constructing out of doors work areas to answer considerations in regards to the coronavirus.
At its Silicon Valley headquarters, it has transformed a parking zone and garden space right into a “camp,” with clusters of tables and chairs below open-air tents. The realm is a fenced-in mixture of grass and picket deck flooring in regards to the measurement of 4 tennis courts with Wi-Fi all through.
David Radcliffe, Google’s vp for actual property and office companies, mentioned that whereas shifting greater than 100,000 staff to digital work final 12 months was daunting, “now it appears much more daunting to determine the right way to convey them again safely.”