In an event held today at the historic Spruce Goose Hangar in Playa Vista, Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Google and ZGF to officially unveil the newest addition to the Google campus. The design and spirit of the original hangar was preserved, while creating a modern workspace for Google and YouTube employees.
“When Google came to us for a fresh perspective on workplace design within the iconic Spruce Goose hangar, we embarked on a highly iterative and innovative test-and-learn exploration,” said Kristi Paulson, Principal at ZGF and lead designer on the project. “As an architect, it was empowering to embrace Google’s open-conversation approach and respond with rapid ideation. Our design process on this project was nimble, allowing versatility but requiring decisiveness. Together, we have created an intelligent and engaging new office space that acknowledges yet remains independent of its historic envelope.”
“We have great admiration for Google in their decision to give the Spruce Goose Hangar new life,” said Ted Hyman, Partner at ZGF. “The significance of this project lies not only in the preservation of a historic wood structure and the creation of what is arguably one of the world’s the most spectacular workplaces, but in the adaptive reuse of the hangar that has vastly minimized environmental and community impact compared to demolition and new construction. The result is a unique building-within-a-building design that revitalizes an iconic local landmark and reflects Google’s creative culture in the context of the hangar’s rich history of innovation.”
Click here for more information and to view additional images.
(Google images by Connie Zhou)