Building Google’s New York office based on the latest research results on Google’s working methods




The office continues to be an important part of Google's culture, and Google has officially opened its

new office in St. John's Pier, New York. 


The building was built in the 1930s above the rail terminal at the end of the High Line. The exposed

track bed on the north façade retains traces of this history, while sustainable design and innovative

workspaces look to the future. This building interprets Google's latest philosophy on how to best

collaborate with customers and partners. 





Since Google announced its involvement in the St. John's Pier project in 2018, Google's New York

workforce has grown from 7,000 to more than 14,000. Not only did it deliver on its promise to

double its New York workforce over the next decade, it did so in half the time. New York is a vibrant

city with a diverse talent pool and world-class institutions, which is where Google is rooted. 


for the teamoffice

space designed


The way the world works has changed, but the office remains an important part of Google's culture.

Google research shows that innovation comes from small teams working closely together to accom-

plishbig things. So at St. john's Quay, Google applied its research on how Googlers work to create a

teams-first office environment.





At St. john's Quay, we used the latest research on how Google employees work to create a team-first
office environment.





Rather than being one-size-fits-all, these areas offer a variety of desks, conference rooms, phone-

booths, and communal tables based on the types of work Googlers do every day.





After piloting neighborhood workspaces in other offices, Google employees reported that the new

spaces improved social connections and team cohesion. 


St. John's Pier will feature a new shared area seating model. Instead of each employee having a

fixed desk, each team will have a designated area as their base. These areas are not one-size-fits

-all: they offer a variety of desks, conference rooms, phone booths, and communal tables to

accommodate the different types of work Googlers do every day. In other offices piloting shared

areas, Google employees told workplace researchers that the new spaces fostered higher levels of

social connection and team cohesion. 





In addition to the community office areas, there are just as many public spaces at St. John's Quay that

don't have traditional desks but instead serve as public collaboration spaces that any Google employee

can use, including visitors from other branches. 





These common spaces include spacious work lounges on each floor, cafes, outdoor decks, micro kitchens

and more. 





These common spaces provide Googlers with a variety of work environments, from a vibrant café atmo-

sphere to breezy outdoor gardens to a tranquil library with stunning views of the Hudson River. 


To better accommodate Googlers' needs for choice in where and how they work, in addition to shared

areas, St. John's Quay offers a wide variety of public spaces that can be used by any Googler, including

visitors from other branch offices. These spaces include spacious work lounges, cafes, terraces, micro

kitchens and more on each floor, and are equipped with ergonomic seating, spacious work surfaces and

power outlets to meet employees’ work needs. These spaces create a variety of work environments,

ranging from a bustling café atmosphere, to breezy outdoor gardens, to a tranquil library with stunning

views of the Hudson River. 


Become a customer

Center for collaboration with partners


As the North American headquarters of Google's global business organization, it is fitting that St. John's

Pier is located in New York, as it is also where many customers and partners are located. Google's design

team conducted in-depth research with members of the sales team to understand what kind of environment

will promote mutual success between Google and partners and customers. One of the biggest findings was

that providing ample dedicated space where customers could collaborate side-byside with Googlers throug-

hout the day was key to understanding their needs and finding creative solutions together. 





St. John’s Quay was designed from the outset to be a place to collaborate with partners, empower-

ing them to grow their businesses using workplace tools. 





St John's Quay has dedicated floors for partner collaboration, including an event centre, café and

breakout rooms to cater for clients of all sizes and types. 





Providing customers with ample and dedicated space where they can collaborate side-by-side with

Googlers throughout the day is key to understanding their needs and finding creative solutions together. 


St John’s Quay has several floors dedicated to this type of collaboration with partners, including an

events centre, café space and breakout rooms to cater for clients of all sizes and types. Google's business

community partners are critical to achieving Google's broader mission to make the world's information

universally accessible and helpful: St. John's Quay will help Google achieve this goal together . 


respect history

sustainable development


Google has always been committed to making its New York office better integrated into the community

where it is located, rather than towering over it. For example, by converting historic buildings into office

space, such as Pier 57 and Chelsea Market. The new offices at St. John's Landing are based on the

original terminal structure but remove the portion that overhangs Houston Street, eliminating dark

passages and restoring the Hudson Yards community's connection to the waterfront. 





The building also features solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system, and recycled wood from

the Coney Island boardwalk after Hurricane Sandy. 





More than 95% of the outdoor plants at St. John's Pier are native to New York State, reintegrating the

building into the local ecosystem.


Maintaining a sustainable approach and utilizing existing structures and foundations as much as possible

when renovating St. john's Wharf, it is expected to reduce approximately 78,400 tonnes of carbone

quivalent emissions, equivalent to taking 17,000 cars off the road for a year.


With 1.5 acres of vegetation at street level, railroad gardens, and terraces, the building redefines the con-

cept of "green space" in commercial real estate in New York. This not only improves user experience but

also benefits the local ecology. More than 95 percent of St. john's Pier's outdoor plantings arespecies native

to New York State, reintegrating the building into the local ecosystem.


Working with the New York City Audubon Society, Google observed more than 40 species of birdsutilizing

the habitat created by St. John's Pier, including birds that fuel their transatlantic migrations.Additionally,

the building features solar panels, a rainwater collection system, and repurposed ConeyIsland boardwalk

lumber from Hurricane Sandy.


St. John's Pier marks a new chapter for Google in New York.