Google's Tel Aviv Offices Are Spectacular by Design

As elsewhere in the world, Google has paid top dollar to create awe-inspiring offices in Tel Aviv, complete with indoor fruit trees.

Internet giant Google invested to impress in Tel Aviv, building stylistic and spacious new offices in the heart of the city as it has done in locales around the world.

A photo gallery recently published by the Business Insider website reveals some of the offices' outstanding features, including fruit trees and picnic tables.

The offices, which opened in Tel Aviv's centrally located Electra Tower in late 2012, serve 270 of Google's approximately 350 employees in Israel.

Google Israel's sales, marketing and engineering departments will take up seven stories of the skyscraper.

German design studio Camenzind Evolution, which is behind several Google offices around the world, designed the Tel Aviv location together with Setter Architects and Studio Yaron Tal.

Google signed a 10-year leasing contract for the space in February 2011 and is paying about NIS 12 million annually for 8,000 square meters and 200 parking places.

The company is said to have invested about NIS 100 million in the construction of the offices – NIS 60 million for building and NIS 40 million for design and furnishings.

Google's construction budget for the new offices was far higher than is usual in the market. For the sake of comparison, the average price of offices in Israel with a very luxurious level of finishing is about NIS 30 million.

Google is known for going the extra mile with its offices. While other companies try to use less space to reduce costs, Google likes to leave large spaces for public use and green lungs.

Itay Sikolski