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Life in the Googleplex: Inside Google Headquarters




TIME Photo Essay: Life in the Googleplex: Inside Google Headquarters
. Desktop gizmos and lava lamps, express Google's laid-back ethos.. PHOTO BY EROS HOAGLAND / REDUX FOR TIME

TIME Photo Essay: Life in the Googleplex: Inside Google Headquarters
. Laptop of the fritz? Google keeps experts on-site to fix computers and other digital gadgets.
. PHOTO BY EROS HOAGLAND / REDUX FOR TIME

TIME Photo Essay: Life in the Googleplex: Inside Google Headquarters
. A lifeguard sits on duty as a Google employee works out in one of two swim-in-place pools that the company maintains at its Mountain View, California, headquarters.. PHOTO BY EROS HOAGLAND / REDUX FOR TIME

TIME Photo Essay: Life in the Googleplex: Inside Google Headquarters
. Two employees break for coffee beside the "idea board," a canvas for playfully grand designs like Google spaceships.. PHOTO BY EROS HOAGLAND / REDUX FOR TIME
GOOGLE GRAFFITI
Two employees break for coffee beside the "idea board," a canvas for playfully grand designs like Google spaceships.

TIME Photo Essay: Life in the Googleplex: Inside Google Headquarters
. Googlers can shoot pool while taking a break in one of several employee lounges.. PHOTO BY EROS HOAGLAND / REDUX FOR TIME
HANGING OUT
Googlers can shoot pool while taking a break in one of several employee lounges.
TIME Photo Essay: Life in the Googleplex: Inside Google Headquarters
. Google contracts with stylists to give its employees cut-rate haircuts.
. PHOTO BY EROS HOAGLAND / REDUX FOR TIME
GOOD-HAIR DAYS
Google contracts with stylists to give its employees cut-rate haircuts.
TIME Photo Essay: Life in the Googleplex: Inside Google Headquarters
            . Google employees take an afternoon volley ball break. The corporation's Mountain View campus is at once a flurry of playful activity and creative technological innovation.
            . PHOTO BY EROS HOAGLAND / REDUX FOR TIME

RULING THE NET
Google employees take an afternoon volley ball break. The corporation's Mountain View campus is at once a flurry of playful activity and creative technological innovation.
TIME Photo Essay: Life in the Googleplex: Inside Google Headquarters
            . Google is obsessive about food, offering its employees three free gourmet meals a day that can be eaten in a cafeteria adorned by artwork created by Google employees.. PHOTO BY EROS HOAGLAND / REDUX FOR TIME

MARCHING ON ITS STOMACH
Google is obsessive about food, offering its employees three free gourmet meals a day that can be eaten in a cafeteria adorned by artwork created by Google employees.
TIME Photo Essay: Life in the Googleplex: Inside Google Headquarters
. There are toys for employees' children and for the young-at-heart Googlers like this one.
. PHOTO BY EROS HOAGLAND / REDUX FOR TIME
KIDS' PLAY
There are toys for employees' children and for the young-at-heart Googlers like this one.
TIME Photo Essay: Life in the Googleplex: Inside Google Headquarters
. The work-weary can unwind with a massage from a professional.  Google subsidizes the cost.. PHOTO BY EROS HOAGLAND / REDUX FOR TIME
HANDS-ON CARE
The work-weary can unwind with a Google-subsidized professional massage.
TIME Photo Essay: Life in the Googleplex: Inside Google Headquarters
            . Googlers are permitted to bring their dogs (but not cats) to the workplace.
            . PHOTO BY EROS HOAGLAND / REDUX FOR TIME

DOGS ALLOWED
Googlers are permitted to bring their dogs (but not cats) to the workplace.
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The Googleplex is located between Charleston Road, Amphitheatre Parkway, and Shoreline Boulevard in north Mountain View, California close to the Shoreline Park wetlands. Employees living in San Francisco or the East Bay may take a wifi-enabled Google subsidized shuttle to and from work. It is powered by domestically grown and processed biodiesel.[8]

The four core buildings, totaling 506,317 ft² (47,038 m²), were built for and originally occupied by SGI. The office space and corporate campus is located within a larger 26 acre site that contains Charleston Park, a five-acre public park; improved access to Permanente Creek; and public trails that connect the corporate site to Shoreline Park and the Bay Trail. The project, launched in 1994 to reclaim a former industrial brownfield, was a creative collaboration between SGI, STUDIOS Architecture in San Francisco, SWA Group of San Francisco and Sausalito, and the Planning and Community Development Agency of the City of Mountain View. The objective was to develop in complementary fashion the privately-owned corporate headquarters and adjoining public greenspace. Key design decisions placed parking for nearly 2000 cars underground, enabling SWA to integrate the two open spaces with water features, shallow pools, fountains, pathways, and plazas. The project was completed in 1997.

The campus’ landscape design was judged as one of the most significant of the century by the American Society of Landscape Architects in bestowing its ASLA Centennial Medallion in 1999, followed by the ASLA Centennial Award in 2000, and the ASLA National Honor Award in 2001.

The ASLA noted in 1999 that the SGI project was a significant departure from typical corporate campuses, challenging conventional thinking about private and public space.

The former SGI facilities were leased by Google beginning in 2003.[1] In June 2006, Google purchased some of Silicon Graphics' properties, including the Googleplex, for $319 million.[2][3]

Although the buildings are of relatively low height, the complex covers a large area. The interior of the headquarters is furnished with items like shade lamps and giant rubber balls. The lobby contains a piano and a projection of current live Google search queries. The facilities include a gym (Building 40), free laundry rooms (Buildings 40 and 42), two small swimming pools, a sand volleyball court, and eleven cafeterias of diverse selection. Google has even installed replicas of SpaceShipOne and a dinosaur skeleton.[4]

In late 2006 and early 2007 the company installed a series of solar panels, capable of producing 1.6 megawatts of electricity. It is believed that this is the largest corporate installation in the United States. About 30 percent of the Googleplex's electricity needs will be fulfilled by this project, with the remainder being purchased.[5] About one third of the panels will be in the form of "solar trees" mounted on poles above parking lots, with the remainder placed on rooftops. [6]

The solar panel project went online on 18 June 2007. As of 21 June 2007 Google has installed over 90% of the 9,212 solar panels that comprise the 1.6 megawatt project. [7]


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