Google Australia has today unveiled their new Pyrmont headquarters in a ceremony in Sydney, officially opened by the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC.
350 Australian Googlers will be based in the new headquarters in the 6-Star Green Star-designed Workplace6 building in Pyrmont.
The official opening comes just a month after Google Australia was named by BRW Magazine and the Great Place to Work Institute as Australia’s Number 1 employer.
The new office contains a number of fun Australian-themed areas, including offices with picnic benches, fish tanks, Australian flora, the beach-themed “Cafe Esky” and a games room named “The Rissole.”
Opening the headquarters, the Governor-General commended Google Australia on their outstanding contribution to Australia’s economy, culture and progress.
“You elicit the best of Australian ingenuity – what has always defined and distinguished us. You provide space and, importantly, time, for Australian ideas to emerge, develop, and proliferate.”
Karim Temsamani, general manager of Google Australia and New Zealand, said the new Australian headquarters represented a milestone in the history of Google Australia.
“This spectacular office embodies Google’s aspirations in Australia – make a great contribution to the vibrant Australian life, be a good steward of our earth, and make it fun and exciting for our employees and our Australian users.”
To coincide with the move to Pyrmont, Google announced that it had worked with Fairfax Media to digitise archival copies of Fairfax newspapers, including the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. The collaboration means that Australians can now get free access to Australia’s rich journalistic heritage through Google News and Google Search.
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