Madrid Campus shows the way


Google’s new co-working space for entrepreneurs shows how a variety of furniture has enabled the designers to create a range of zones for focused work and collaboration.

Google is known for its community hubs – ‘Google’s space for entrepreneurs’ – and each new Campus is greeted with acclaim. The London design practice Jump Studios has created the sixth such co-working space in Madrid by renovating a five-storey battery factory dating from 1892.

This centre for entrepreneurs and start-ups presented an opportunity for Jump Studios to create another showcase for innovative workplace design – since their success with Campus London in 2012. The wide range of formal and informal spaces reflects the variety of start-ups. Effective communication has been fostered through both digital and physical facilities. The appealing meeting spaces use a stimulating palette inspired by Spanish painters such as Picasso. A central 7m table under a line of lighting enclosed in a red steel cage highlights the importance of collaboration.

The exposed brick walls, pipes and air-conditioning ducts, together with distinctive original features, including steel beams and enormous windows, all contribute to the favoured industrial look. When it comes to the social spaces, the furniture solutions include upholstered nooks, mobile breakout benches, relaxed lounge seating and private booths. Within such a setting, these Campus members are surely poised for success.

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