Google plans to lure its New York workforce with revamped office space, which cost $2.1 billion to redo. This redefined workspace of the tech giant is a “biophilic” office as it will house birds, bees, caterpillars, and even a “resident praying mantis”. The space will also include 165-pound honey harvests and in-house ecologists.
Biophilia, or the innate desire to connect and relate to nature, is re-emerging due to the balance humans need between the digital world and the benefits of nature’s restorative properties.
The newly renovated office, called Terminal St. John’s was designed to integrate the natural environment into the workspace. Rick Cook, the architect who created the space, calls the office a “biophilic” space because it’s exactly what’s needed to satisfy people’s desire to connect with nature, reports the Financial Times.
NO. John’s Terminal is a former freight facility that has been transformed into this new highly sustainable, adaptable, and more “connected” office space.
This redesigned building will help people connect with nature through the use of multiple outdoor spaces and also reconnect the Hudson Square neighborhood with the waterfront.
That’s how Google attracts, hires, and retains talent.
Previously, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said a likely scenario for the company is to call employees back into offices in a hybrid environment, where they spend three days in the office and work from home two days a week.