Apple, Google, Facebook & Amazon – Amazing spaces
The plans call for “a series of intersecting spheres with ample space for a wide range of planting material, as well as individuals working alone or in groups.”
Google – Called Bay View, it will have nine rectangular buildings, horizontally bent, with living roofs surrounded by courtyards and connected by bridges. No employee will be more than a two-and-a-half-minute walk away from any colleague, a design aimed at encouraging collaboration.
Facebook hired Gehry to bring his trademark style of unexpected angles and understated drama to what is essentially one enormous open-plan office, where a worker can wander from one end to the other without ever going through a door. The rooftop serves as a park.
“Employees are more productive in the right kinds of environments. That may be more expensive, but if it pays back in a 5 per cent productivity increase, that may be really smart,” he added.