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Monday, March 24, 2008

Google Zurich (Video)

Google’s European research headquarters in Z├╝rich is pretty advanced & quirky, as a video by the BBC shows. Among the ways to get around the different locations is to use slides and poles. BBC writes: “The building was designed for – and partly by – the 300 engineers who will work there. ... The wacky office is both a showcase for Google’s unconventional approach to business and a symbol to prove that Google is no longer a US-centric firm.” BBC says that engineers in Zurich work in rather small teams of 3-4 people. Whiteboards are nearly everywhere based on the thought to integrate work and play, “allowing ideas to be written down wherever they are thought up.”

[Thanks Martin Porcheron! Images from video by BBC, contrast-adjusted.]

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