By Katy Cowan
A 19th-century battery factory in Madrid has been transformed into the sixth Google Campus – a co-working space for local entrepreneurs and start-up companies. Designed by London architectural firm Jump Studios – who designed the first Google Campus London in 2012 – the space will support 7,000 members and 50 resident start-up companies.
The industrial brick building originally served as a factory for batteries – the main source of electricity until the launch of the electrical grid allowed for a wider and more efficient distribution of power. The industrial heritage is clear throughout the refurbished space, which includes large west-facing windows that allow lots of natural light and original steel ceiling beams throughout.
A nice creative touch lies in all of the buildings main meeting rooms where each have been decorated in a colour palette inspired by Spain’s most famous painters, including Picasso and Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida.
Campus Madrid is the sixth of Google’s community hubs initiative that aims to bring together startup companies and entrepreneurs.