google campus by jump studios occupies former battery factory in madrid
google campus by jump studios occupies former battery factory in madrid
nov 04, 2015

google campus by jump studios occupies former battery factory in madrid

taking their latest co-working campus to madrid, tech-giant google has occupied a former electrical battery factory to accommodate 7,000 members in the río area of the spanish capital. to design the shared workspace, london-based architecture and interiors practice jump studios were tasked with facilitating the five-storey building with a dynamic space for entrepreneurs to learn, share ideas and launch start-ups. having worked on the google campus in london in 2012, the designers carefully restored the existing structure which dates back to 1892 into a stimulating setting to reflect google’s forward-thinking ethos.

all images by gareth gardner




a majority of the building retains the existing structural fabric, shown by the exposed, brick walls. our design delivers a juxtaposition between the old and the new, where history merges with a contemporary style presenting a unique environment for google’s members.’ explains senior associate michelle nicholls.  a high-tech, triple-height, 200-person capacity auditorium is located on the north side where the steel ceiling beams, allowing for future expansion. conversely, a large curtain can be drawn across the auditorium room to create a smaller area for more intimate presentations.

the clean and bold lines translate the campus’ overall graphic theme, influenced by madrid’s streetscape



a new entrance has been opened on the south side of the building. this has established an access point to a public plaza and the main road above it via an adjacent staircase, while the added entry point increases circulation and invites natural light inside. a new cafeteria area includes relaxed lounge seating and private booths which are spread over the ground and first floors. pops of color accompanied by natural materials include timber to help create a fresh and enjoyable environment.

exposed brick walls capture the original essence of the factory building



campus madrid’s second and third floors host the workspace of google’s members. upholstered nooks for private meetings and bespoke mobile breakout benches create flexible working-spaces organized over the two levels. each meeting room has a color palette referencing a renowned spanish artist including picasso and joaquín sorolla y bastida.

visitors are met with a striking artwork by local artist ricardo cavolo titled ‘unstoppable’



laszlo varga, project executive at google comments: ‘campus madrid is an important next step in the evolution of our design language which is diverse, inclusive and delightful – reflecting our values, culture and identity towards the start-up scene in spain and beyond. jump studios have been a crucial component in forging that language while delivering a highly functional and flexible project and a landmark venue for madrid.’

the second and third floors are occupied by google’s members and diverse number of work spaces

the campus café is operated by healthy food provider DO EAT



campus madrid supports some 7,000 members, including 50 resident start-up companies

the campus occupies a former five-storey battery factory in madrid



project info:


client: google (laszlo varga, project lead)
jump team: shaun fernandes (creative director), michelle nicholls (senior associate), kaan alpagut (designer)
local architect: cbre (laura torres, goretti diaz cristobal, carlos soriano, maria mas)
m&e, licensing consultant: proteyco (enrique ramos, jesus juarez, diego campos)
project manager: artelia (marta alda, sabina calzada)
contractor: diadec



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