Google signs lease at Hines’ Porta Nuova Isola for its Italian offices.
Hines Italia SGR, a leader in the management of Italian and international real estate funds, announced today that Google has signed a 5,000-square-meter (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-story, 10,000-square-meter (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 percent leased to Google and Pandora Jewelry.
“Manfredi Catella, CEO of Hines Italia SGR, commented, “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, said, “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 optimizes 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 maximizes views and transparency while minimizing 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.
Google’s corporate culture of environmental sensitivity and social responsibility fits perfectly with the philosophy of the project and the history of the surrounding neighborhoods.
Source : Company