With Google scheduled to take up residence within a matter of months, work is now wrapping up at the immense Spruce Goose Hangar in Playa Vista.
The Mountain View-based tech giant will make its 300,000-square-foot home in a three-story steel structure that is being built into the interior of the cavernous building. The project, designed by ZGF Architects, also involved carving new windows and skylights into the building and painting its exterior.
The Spruce Goose Hangar, located at the center of a private airport formerly owned by the Howard Hughes Corporation, is best known as the construction site of the famed wooden aircraft from which it takes its name. After Hughes decamped from the facility in the 1970s, the building was used sporadically as a filming location. More recently it finds itself at the center of Southern California's tech industry, with other companies such as Facebook and IMAX also located nearby.
Google set much of Playa Vista's current office construction in motion in 2014, when the company purchased 12 acres of vacant land which wraps around the historic hangar. The property is currently approved for the construction of 900,000 square feet of offices.
The hangar itself is not owned by Google, but rather a Japanese investment firm which purchased it in 2016 from the Ratkovich Company for the reported sum of $270 million.
- Spruce Goose Hangar Archive (Urbanize LA)