Inside Google’s Playful Sydney Offices

Google’s Australian HQ in Sydney might not boast an indoor bike lane (which its Netherlands office features), a slide (Zurich) or a rock-climbing wall (Boston). However, it does have the search giant’s customary visual flair and attention to playing hard after working hard.

Around 400 staff work in Google’s Australian HQ in Pyrmont in Sydney. Around half of them are engineers, and Google wants to hire another 100 or so over the next year. While each employee has their own desk, there’s a big emphasis on collaborative spaces where formal and informal meetings can take place. (In a suitably geeky touch, meeting room bookings can be checked using QR codes. And yes, that’s a table made from a bath filled with giant rubber ducks.)

As well as an on-site canteen, there’s a series of micro-kitchens throughout the building, where staff can grab coffee, cereal and snacks at any time. There’s also a library for quiet working and contemplation, a dedicated Tech Stop area to fix any technical issues with PCs, and a relaxation area with games consoles, ping pong and billiards. Check out the pictures below for a closer look.

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