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A Peek Into Google’s Japan Office
By Anthea Quay, 12 Jun 2013
We’ve seen Google’s Tel Aviv office. Did you know that for each of its national offices around the world, the tech giant requests architects to uniquely design the interiors to reflect the history and culture of its location?
For Google’s Japan office, Tokyo-based Klein Dytham architecture (KDa) recently completed an additional phase, according to Dezeen.
The office located in Roppongi Hills tower, central Tokyo, was given elements that reflect traditional Japanese culture—from fabric patterns and anime, to festivals and bathhouses.
These details include: giant brushes (similar to those in automatic carwashes) that clad the walls of a kitchen, a digital koi pond at the entrance of the building to greet people, perforated concrete block walls (like those found on in Tokyo’s residential lanes) of meeting rooms, a Mount Fuji mural painting, and a (sento) traditional bathhouse-themed floor with white ceramic tiles and wooden stools.
To assist in way-finding, floors of Google Japan were each given a distinct character, zones were assigned specific, and landmarks were placed at various positions to help staff and visitors identify their locations.
Check out more of Google’s office in Japan below:
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