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The Googleplex, Mountain View, California, USA

October 18th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Googleplex is the Google company headquarters, located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View, Santa Clara County, California, near San Jose.

Googleplex is a play on words, googolplex being the name given to 10googol (a one followed by a googol zeros). It is also a portmanteau of Google and complex — in the architectural sense.

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. It is the former home of computer company Silicon Graphics (SGI). Although relatively short in height, the complex covers an extremely large area.

The Googleplex is located between Charleston Road, Amphitheatre Parkway, and Shoreline Boulevard in north Mountain View close to the Shoreline Park wetlands. Google outgrew the original Googleplex early on and has leased a large number of older buildings adjacent to it.

The Googleplex has several important neighbors. Just west of the Googleplex is ALZA Plaza, to the north is Shoreline Amphitheatre, and to the northwest is the headquarters of Intuit. To the south, other neighbors (not adjacent but very close) include a Century Theatres movie theater, Microsoft Corporation's Silicon Valley research complex, and the Computer History Museum.

In addition to the Googleplex, Google also has an EMEA headquarters in Dublin, Ireland which employs over 750 people, and approximately 25 data centers all over the world.

In 2006, Google moved into 311,000 square feet of office space in the second-largest building in New York City, at 111 Eighth Ave. in Manhattan. The office was specially designed and built for Google, and houses its largest advertising sales team, which has been instrumental in securing large partnerships, most recently deals with MySpace and AOL. In 2003, they added an engineering staff in New York City, which has been responsible for more than 100 engineering projects, including Google Maps, Google Spreadsheets, and others. It is estimated that the building costs Google $10 million per year to rent, and is similar in design and functionality to its Mountain View headquarters, including Foosball, air hockey, and ping-pong tables, as well as a video game area.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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