If one is interested in the great modern tech companies of the world, then consider popping in and visiting their headquarters in Silicon Valley. Many of them are based in the Bay Area and some have visitor centers, while others are closed to the public. It is possible to walk around Google's headquarters and see how one of the largest and most innovative companies in the world plans its workspace.
Google is a company that needs no introduction, its Google Maps are also some of the best in the world for navigating - regardless of the country one is in. Google tries to be an innovative and fun company that people would want to work for. While using Google Maps or other Google services, keep an eye out for Google's humorous Easter Eggs.
What To Know About Google's Headquarters - Googleplex
Googleplex is the name of Google's corporate headquarters and is located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View, California. It is the home of the search giant's parent company, Alphabet Inc.
- Location: 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View
- Area: Spread Out Over 12 Acres
- Parent Company: Alphabet Inc.
- NYC Office: At 111 Eighth Avenue
At 2 million square feet of office space, Googleplex is Google's second-largest office space complex after its building at 111 Eighth Avenue in New York City.
The name of the headquarters takes its name from "Google" and "Complex" - i.e. a complex of buildings. It is also a reference to Google's name - "googolplex" impossibly high number large number 10(10100), or 10googol.
- "Googolplex": 10(10100), or 10googol
Googleplex is on the site that was previously used by Silicon Graphics (SGI) - some of their properties were purchased by Google in 2006 for $319 million.
Facilities And Attractions At Googleplex
The complex is a sprawling one and covers a large area. The buildings are not high rise and are of relatively low height.
Inside can be trippy and the lobby boasts a piano and a projection of current live Google search queries. One can find a dinosaur skeleton there and a replica of SpaceShipOne. The purpose of the T-Rex skeleton (with twirling flamingos) is a reminder to its employees (called Googlers) to stay relevant and not become dinosaurs.
Built with an eye to a more relaxed vision of workspace, Googleplex offers free laundry rooms, two small swimming pools, volleyball courts, and eighteen cafeterias.
- T-Rex Skeleton: On Display In Googleplex - The Main Building
- Cafeterias: Eighteen Cafeterias With Diverse Menus
- Employee Facilities: Include Access To Fitness Classes, Massages, A 24/7 Gym, An On-Site Doctor, Dry-Cleaning Facilities, Cafeterias
Around 3 miles or 5 kilometers away from the main Googleplex headquarters is another large campus called "The Quad". It is located in Mountain View at 399 N Whisman Road.
Visiting Google's Googleplex
"While visitors can visit the grounds, they are not permitted inside the buildings unless they are escorted by a Google employee. The company doesn’t run tours."
Unfortunately, the buildings are not open to the public - although visitors are free to wander around the campus while escorted by a Google employee. Visiting the complex, one will find it to be more of a campus than an office building. Google doesn't run tours as such.
To get from one side of the campus to the other, Google supplies its employees with free colorful “G Bikes.”
There is a visitor center at 1981 Landings Drive in Mountain View but there's a catch. It is only accessible to the public with a Google escort.
Attractions and Instagramming spots include a sculpture garden featuring various Android statues, one for each version of Android. The Android statues are all named after sweets and candies - there's a cupcake, donut, ice-cream sandwich, KitKat, gingerbread, and honeycomb.
- Android Statues: One Of The Main Instagramming Attractions at Googleplex
In 2018 Google was pushing forward with plans to expand and build massive new buildings that would include more than 10,000 square feet of publicly accessible areas. Those areas include retail space, cafes, or other amenities located in the middle of the building.
There was a retail store called Google Merchandise Store located at 1981 Landings Drive but that has closed. Instead one can shop online.
Another Silicon Valley tech giant to visit is Apple's, Apple Park. While the main building and campus are closed to the public, they do have a visitor center with a cafe. There are not really any specific Googleplex tours, but if one would like a tour of Silicon Valley in general, there are options for that.
Silicon Valley: Self-Driven Audio Tour for Technology Lovers is a tour that enables one to discover the modern world's birthplace on a self-driven tour in Silicon Valley. One will see the headquarters of tech giants like Facebook and Amazon, and explore tech headquarters open to visitors, like Google’s Googleplex.