Google Israel's Offices Among World's Coolest, Magazine Survey Says

Inc. says search engine's seven floors in Tel Aviv mesh `high-concept design with relevant, useful space.'

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Israel and the entities within her borders garner attention for any number of things, and now Google Israel can add to the list: one of the world's coolest office spaces.

In Inc. magazine's fourth annual survey of the places within which, at least in theory, people would most want to work, Google's seven floors in the Electra Tower "[take] the cake for meshing high-concept design with relevant, useful space," the magazine writes. And the offices do this "with a sense of humor," the magazine says.

The architects at Camenzind Evolution "interviewed Google employees in Israel about their identity as a company and a culture," Inc. writes. "The firm came up with an array of themes, including family, optimism, and heritage and [devoted] a floor to expressing each of these subjects."

Specifics: Second-hand stuff furnishes the Heritage floor; collaboration is encouraged, with half the office floor plan devoted to communal space; work time and play time mesh (how'd you like to slide down a floor through one of those massive playground tubes and land in a cafeteria?); and what would any tasteful (flavorful?) office be without an indoor orange grove?

Other winners include, among others, Beats Electronics' offices in L.A.; Coca-Cola's digs in London; and the ad firm Wieden+Kennedy's space in New York.