Project Type:Interior Design, Workplace, Adaptive Re-UseProject Location:16 S Campus Center Drive, Building 14
Playa Vista, California 90094
Awards and Acknowledgements:AIA:2020 Interior Architecture AwardDesign Features:Open Office, Daylighting
Levels Above Ground:
History, technology, architecture, and art come together in ZGF Architectsâ€™ 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 buildingâ€”its enormous clear-span floor spaceâ€”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, ZGFâ€™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 Googleâ€™s famously creative corporate culture, the design incorporates oversized murals by Los Angelesâ€“based artists that riff on themes from the buildingâ€™s storied past, punctuating the interior with vibrant color as well as a sense of history.
(Source: Architect Magazine)