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Employees Grow Herbs and Veggies at Google’s New Super-headquarters in London
Posted By Tafline Laylin On August 1, 2012 @ 7:08 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,green roof,London | No Comments
Located in Renzo Piano’s  Central St. Giles Building in Covent Garden, the new super headquarters feature a series of indoor and outdoor workspaces, a gymnasium and dance studio, along with several restaurants, cafes and comfortable rendezvous areas. These are all themed spaces that feature many recycled furnishings  that allowed the designers to keep costs low. Also, in keeping with Google’s in-house policy, no toxic materials were used and many of the floors and trimmings are comprised of certified wood .
Among the workspaces are outdoor balconies or “secret gardens ” fronted by trimmed hedges that provide a solar screen and some privacy (not to mention some good old-fashioned greenery!) But talk to anyone on the street and they’ll tell you that the rooftop allotments  are among the most enviable feature of this new corporate headquarters. Employees have to sign up for a waiting list to use the allotments, and anyone who neglects theirs will be booted out. But once they’re in, they can nurture root vegetables and herbs in small tubes made from responsibly-sourced timber and cook them at home.
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images via David Barbour 
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 meeting LEED Platinum: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadership_in_Energy_and_Environmental_Design
 Renzo Piano’s: http://inhabitat.com/the-shard-renzo-piano-soaring-vertical-city-will-be-inaugurated-tonight-in-london/
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