Google Budapest – spa office
The offices of Google have a worldwide reputation of their joyful and scenery-like appearance. The main concept of the interior design is essentially the same in every country; a visual representation of a typical keyword. In some cases abstract concepts, rather than a specific topic, are represented, such as multi-cultural diversity or just simply an oasis. Apart from a spectacular interior design functionality is also of key importance, for a people-oriented, efficient working atmosphere should be provided to the employees
We could not disregard the importance of Hungarian water polo during the elaboration of the concept, as we as a Nation are pride of the nine Olympic gold medals and three gold medals in water polo world championships, and of course many other great achievements. Accordingly, water polo has become part of the Hungarian bath culture over the years. We aimed to demonstrate parallelism between sports and the spirit of competition in the world of business. As the spas are home to both sports swimming pools and outdoor rest areas, it was obvious that each room within the office was devoted to a different topic. Because of the extreme diversity of baths, a sauna and a steam bath, as well as a water polo arena and an outdoor beach are also included in the concept.
The original recessed ceiling fluorescent lights used to overlight the premises, and the whole atmosphere was cool because of the cluster components. By eliminating the suspend ceiling the conduits and cables became visible, which was then supplemented by further conduits painted to the colour of the Google logo. Thus the perception of height increased, and the many colourful ceiling pipes created a slightly industrial atmosphere. Whilst the more interesting regions are emphasised using spotlights, we aimed to achieve an overall cozy gloom in the area.
It was important to allow for continuous complementation and improvement by the employees of the office. Therefore, the appearance of colourful towels or beach balls in the office is just as mundane as logging on to a video conference in a swimming hat.