Google buys Ireland's tallest commercial building

Google is reaching for the skies in Ireland, announcing the purchase of the tallest office building in the land to house its new EMEA headquarters.

At 15 stories high, the 67-metre Montevetro building in Dublin is the tallest commercial building in Ireland, offering Google and its various staff members an impressive 210,000 square feet of office space in the popular Grand Canal Dock area.

While it's not as opulent as the 18-story New York building the company spent a whopping $1.9 billion on last year, it's an impressive sight nevertheless - and was considerably cheaper, at just €99.9 million.

The building is located on the same street as Google's existing Dublin office, making the move significantly simpler. "We are at capacity in our EMEA headquarters in Barrow Street and the additional space will allow us to relocate some teams to Montevetro and to create an even more spacious working environment for Googlers in our existing building," claimed Google's John Herlihy in a statement.

"Acquiring Montevetro also means we have the space and flexibility to support our future operations," he went on to claim - although stopped short of actually announcing what the company's plans for growth are in the region.

The building was previously owned by the National Asset Management Agency, the 'bad bank' that has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. "Based on the sale price achieved, all NAMA’s outlay, [including] acquisition price and further investment, has been recovered," company chairman Frank Daly claimed.

The building purchase proves that Google is continuing to grow at a rapid pace, and with the company putting its fingers into an increasing number of pies - including taking on Apple at the content subscription game - that growth doesn't look to be slowing any time soon.