Reimagining Spaces: Google's Innovative New Workspace in Bakery Square

The design of Google’s LEED Gold Certified workplace in Pittsburgh’s Bakery Square in a former Nabisco factory resulted from an early focus on understanding the needs of the local Googlers (team members).

The design team used various data-gathering tools, from surveys and Quickfire interviews to time-lapse photography and multiple Live-In sessions. Placing the users and their culture at the forefront of the process allowed the team to create a tailored work environment that speaks to this company’s fun and unique culture. The project’s architectural insertions, like the steel drum and brick-clad conference rooms, seem natural within this former industrial space, blending with authentic original elements such as large trusses and well-worn wood floors. Strada went on to design the second and third phases of Google’s Pittsburgh office, which now occupies more than 44,000 sq. ft. in the former factory building.