Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Through the Keyhole at Google's New Home; 11-Storey Building in King's Cross Has Sleep Pods and PS17,000 Sofas

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Through the Keyhole at Google's New Home; 11-Storey Building in King's Cross Has Sleep Pods and PS17,000 Sofas

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Byline: Mark Blunden Technology Reporter

SLEEP pods, a running track and PS17,000 sofas are among the perks on offer at Google's new base in King's Cross, shown today for the first time in these photographs.

Eight hundred software engineers and code-writers moved into the building today, the first of 2,500 Googlers who will be relocating to the office the firm's largest in Europe.

The design, by award-winning architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, includes steel and oak staircases which wind between the upper floors "to encourage chance encounters between colleagues for collaborative chats".

All food and drink is complimentary.

Workers worried about gaining the so-called "Google stone" as a result can head to the gym or the 90m running track which surrounds it.

Tired workers can then use one of the PS5,500 Metronap sleep pods, spherical cocoons described as the "world's first chair designed for napping in the workplace". Communal areas feature Swiss furniture by Vitra, which sells sofas for up to PS17,000. …

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