Googles largest office in Europe complete with running track

The 11-storey building includes sleep pods, furniture by Vitra and a running track.

AHMM has designed Google’s new London, King’s Cross office, which is now home to 800 staff from the company’s engineering team as part of the first phase of its move into the 6 Pancras Square site.

The 34,000m2, 11-storey building features winding black steel and oak staircases that connect the upper floors; Metronap sleep pods and soft-coloured furnishings by Swiss furniture company, Vitra, in the communal areas.

90-metre running track

All food and drink in the canteens and cafes is free for staff, and they can make use of an in-office gym and 90-metre running track, with post-work out massages also available.

While building 6 Pancras Square, the project used a carbon consultant in order to reduce its carbon footprint, which resulted in an overall saving of 2.1 million kg of CO2 emissions.

Simon Allford, co-founder and director of AHMM, says: “This is the first of a series of projects for Google where we are pursuing the key idea of an inventive and responsive architecture of theatre, stage set and props.

“Responsive and ever-changing”

“The core focus has been to create a highly adaptable workplace that can respond quickly to the requirements of an ever-changing technology company”.

There will be space for up to 2,500 workers once the second phase of the office is completed later this year. It is set to be Google’s largest office in Europe.

This article was originally published in Design Week.