Il nuovo campus di co-working Google @ Madrid
Google has chosen Spain’s capital as home to its sixth co-working space. After the success of Google’s first venture in shared workspace, Campus London, the community hub has expanded to Tel Aviv, Seoul, Warsaw, São Paulo and now, Madrid.
The Madrid instalment, completed by London firm Jump Studios, took over a former battery factory built in the 1800s. It has been carefully restored to function as a stimulating environment for its members, which total 7,000 including 50 resident start-up companies.
In an effort to increase circulation, introduce more natural lighting, and allow access to a public plaza, the studio installed a new entrance on the south side of the five-storey building. Visitors now enter the building through the campus café, where they are met by a striking artwork by local Spanish illustrator Ricardo Cavolo. The café includes relaxed lounge seating and black-tiled booths distributed along the ground and first floors. The north side of the Campus includes a spacious auditorium made bright by airy glass windows. In a nod to its industrial past, the studio preserved part of the building’s original internal structure. For increased versatility, a large curtain can be drawn across the center of the auditorium resulting in a more intimate space. The second and third floors are the Google employees’ offices, equipped with upholstered nooks for private meetings, each distinguished by a unique colour palette inspired by famous Spanish artists, including Picasso and Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida.
Txt: Julia Ardila Zurek