Working 9 to 5: it’s office life, but not as we know it – cardboard box lights, a 1960s caravan and waffle ceiling panels. Yes, Google’s done it again

Google's Amsterdam office now has more amenities than the average four-star hotel

With giant waffles hanging from the ceiling, graffiti-covered walls and a genuine 1960s caravan for a meeting room, this is not your regular office.

These are just some of the slightly more obscure features that can be found in Google’s newly refurbished Amsterdam office.

As anyone who has watched The Internship will know, Google’s office in Silicone Valley, California, features Google bikes, sleep pods and a free cafeteria for employees, so it makes sense that its other offices are following suit. The Zurich office has a slide. We’re jealous.

The refurbishment of the 3,000 sq ft space was a job given to Dutch design company D/DOCK and the overall inspiration for the quirky redesign came from the garage where Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin started the company.

This can be seen in the use of cardboard box lights, graffiti walls and exposed ceilings.

Dutch influences can also be seen in the overall design of the building, from the bicycle motifs to the ceiling panels shaped like Stroopwafels (two thin waffles with a caramel-like syrup in the middle).

However, our favourite part of the funky new office has to be the 1960s caravan that has been turned into a meeting room, complete with cushions and vintage furniture. We would be booking in meetings left, right and centre!

And, as if that wasn’t enough, there’s also an in-house gym, meditation room and desk bikes… yes, you did read that correctly. Oh, and don’t worry, if all that gym-ing, meditating and cycling leaves you feeling a little peckish, you can head to the restaurant for a well balanced meal as part of Google’s healthy food programme.

To be honest, with a caravan stacked with comfy cushions, healthy food and a gym we’re not sure why you’d ever want to leave…

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