With over 2000 employees, Google has decided to upgrade its office to one of the largest, most historic buildings in New York. The former Port Authority building has a helipad on the roof, and elevators that are big enough to fit 18-wheel semi-trucks.
The building was specifically chosen by Google, because it sits almost directly above the Hudson Street/Ninth Avenue fibre-optic cable highway. The fibre-optic cables travel in large bundles under the New York asphalt. The previous owners of the building knew that this would boost the value of the real-estate and decked out the building to have equipment set up in a ‘network-neutral’ meeting room, allowing tenants to connect with each other and the fibre-line. Because of this, the building has become an important telecom carrier hotel. Read more in this article.
Nice move Google! I hope the interior design will measure up to the Zurich office!
Yours in design,