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Google, Spruce Goose
Project Type:
Interior Design, Workplace, Adaptive Re-Use
Project Location:
16 S Campus Center Drive, Building 14
Playa Vista, California 90094
USA
Project Scope:
Levels Above Ground: 
Awards and Acknowledgements:
AIA:
2020 Interior Architecture Award
Design Features:
Open Office, Daylighting
Project Summary:
History, technology, architecture, and art come together in ZGF Architects’ interior for the Google Spruce Goose headquarters in Los Angeles. Located in a burgeoning business district just north of LAX, the Spruce Goose takes its name from the famed (not to say infamous) wood aircraft created by magnate Howard Hughes for the United States War Department during World War II; though the prototype was never put into production, its nearly half-million-square-foot construction hangar remains, now repurposed as offices for the internet-search giant.

To achieve the transformation, ZGF played up the most striking aspect of the original building—its enormous clear-span floor space—leaving the vast wooden ceiling and its arching supports exposed, to stunning visual effect. Into that void, the designers inserted an irregular stack of free-standing terraced structures that runs the full length of the 250-yard-long hangar. Alternating between wood and sleek white cladding, supported by black steel columns, and trimmed with glazed balustrades, the insert is alive with function. From private nooks and conference rooms to amenity spaces and open-plan offices, ZGF’s novel infrastructure answers all the programmatic requirements of the modern workplace. The spaces are connected by zigzagging stairs and open catwalks that create a sense of flow while fostering opportunities for social contact.

Reflecting Google’s famously creative corporate culture, the design incorporates oversized murals by Los Angeles–based artists that riff on themes from the building’s storied past, punctuating the interior with vibrant color as well as a sense of history.
(Source: Architect Magazine)
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Design and Construction Team:
Google
Client
ARUP
Structural/MEP/Civil/Acoustics Engineer, Lighting Designer, LEED
CBRE
Construction Manager
Matt Construction
General Contractor
TLS Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect
GPA Consulting
Historical Preservation Consultant
Cumming
Cost Estimating
Volume
Environmental Graphic Design
SMPDesign
Art/Fabrication
Fabricators and Manufacturers:
Haworth
Carpet/Furniture/Seating
1502 Fabrics
Fabrics/Finishes
Maharam
Fabrics/Finishes
Gabriel
Fabrics/Finishes
PLATFORM
Fabrics/Finishes
Bernhardt
Fabrics/Finishes
Martin Brattrud
Fabrics/Finishes
sunbrella
Fabrics/Finishes
Mayer Fabrics
Fabrics/Finishes
BuzziSpace
Furniture
DPG | Design Public Group
Furniture/Lighting
Knoll
Furniture/Seating
Pedrali
Furniture
West Elm
Lighting
ligne roset
Lighting
Fredericia
Seating
GUBI
Seating
Moroso
Seating
Woodchip & Magnolia
Wallcoverings
Chemetal
Wallcoverings
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