Cool GOOGLE HQ South Africa interior took top honours at the International Green Interior Awards 2015.
Described as “A truly well thought-out sustainable project inspired by the contextual fabric of Johannesburg, South Africa”, the interior design of GOOGLE South Africa’s head office was named overall winner and category winner for large offices at the International Green Interior Awards for 2015.
Designed by Boogertman + Partners Interiors, in partnership with green building consultants Ecocentric and Solid Green, the project targets both a 5-star Green Star SA Interiors v1 as well as a LEED ID+C Gold certification.
Stuff from the street
The design took its inspiration from the vibrant city it is located in with its unique flavour and mix-match personality. The design approach was led by an upcycling approach which resulted in the reuse of objects and building materials which includes many non-traditional design items sourced from the city.
Furniture was made of recycled items such as old wheel barrels that were converted into stools and 7 500 recycled magazines were used as cladding in the waiting nook. Advertisement banners, reclaimed timber crates and African beads were used in the design, and each GOOGLER’s favourite pair of jeans were collected to be used as upholstery for their new favourite chairs
Green but comfortable
Cognisant of the needs of specific users, other sustainable features and interventions were designed to encourage a comfortable and productive work environment. These include exterior views, visual comfort, internal air quality, ergonomics, waste monitoring and recycling initiatives, daylight harvesting and energy efficiency.
“The commitment to using ethical products from the surrounding community and other sustainable products is a wonderful approach that educates others in the possibilities of being sustainable whilst designing a cool office,” comments Daphna Tal, head judge and sustainable interior consultant.
The International Green Interior Awards commend interior designers, architects and decorators who integrate green interior products into projects and manufacturers to design and make innovative products that are healthy for people and the environment.
Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to greeninteriorawards.com.au and Boogertman + Partners Architects for the information to write this article.