Google has signed a 5,000-square-metre (53,800-square-foot) lease for its Italian offices at Porta Nuova, the Hines mixed-use development in Milan.
Google will consolidate its Italian operation in the Porta Nuova Isola building, an 11-storey, 10,000-square-metre (107,600-square-foot) office building that is part of Porta Nuova, one of the largest urban redevelopments in Europe.
With the signing of the Google lease, the office building at Porta Nuova Isola is now 80 per cent leased to Google and Pandora Jewellery.
Manfredi Catella, chief executive of Hines Italia SGR, says: "Following the recent partnership in Porta Nuova with sovereign fund Qatar Holding, Google's relocation of its Italian headquarters to Porta Nuova confirms the unique and innovative character of this major urban redevelopment project. The area is quickly emerging as a new vital hub for Italy's economy and future."
Joe Borrett, director of real estate & construction (EMEA) for Google, says: "We are excited that this move to Porta Nuova will enable us to locate all our Milan team in a single office."
Designed by William McDonough + Partners, the office building optimises the workplace environment through efficient floor plates and core layout, natural ventilation, access to the outdoors through a series of exterior terraces, and a high-performance window glazing system that maximises views and transparency while minimising heat gain. The building envelope is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification, while the office spaces will comply with the guidelines for LEED Commercial Interiors.