Google goes ‘biophilic’, revamps NY office to connect with nature

Nap pods, caterpillars, birds and bees will now make the tech giant’s Manhattan campus more attractive for new talent and for employees returning to office


Google aims to attract its New York-based personnel with a 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 as well as a “resident praying mantis”. The space will include 165- pound honey harvests and in-house ecologists as well.

Biophilia, or the innate desire to connect and bond with nature is resurging because of the balance that people need between the digital world and the benefits of nature’s restorative qualities.

Called St. John’s Terminal, the newly revamped office is designed in such a way that the natural environment is incorporated into the workspace. Rick Cook, the architect who created the space, calls the office a ‘biophilic’ space as it is exactly what is needed to fulfil the urge of human beings to connect with nature, reports Financial Times.

St. John’s Terminal is a former freight facility that has been redone into this new and highly sustainable office space, which is adaptable and more ‘connected’.

This re-imagined building will help people establish a bond with nature through the use of several outdoor open spaces and also by reconnecting the Hudson Square neighbourhood with the waterfront.

This is Google’s way of attracting, hiring and retaining talent.

Earlier, Google CEO Sundar Pichai expressed that calling back employees to offices in a hybrid setting, where they report to work from office for three days and work from home for two days a week, was a likely scenario for the Company in the future.

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