The hangar is triple the size of the space they currently have
Google’s outgrowing its over 100,000 square feet of space in Venice, it seems, and it’s moving into the next logical spot, Playa Vista. The tech company’s leased the enormous, 319,000-square-foot airplane hangar that was built to house the giant Spruce Goose seaplane built by Howard Hughes, The Real Deal reports. Google’s move-in date and the rate it’s playing to lease the place aren’t yet clear, but the hangar will definitely tie for coolest Google office space with the Frank Gehry-designed Binoculars Building they’ve been working out of since 2011.
The move makes sense, and not just because Playa Vista is a tech hub. Back in 2014, Google dropped $120 million on 12 acres of empty land next to the hangar. At the time, it was rumored that they’d also lease the Spruce Goose’s former home, but nothing was final until last week, TRD hears. The 1943 hangar is part of Ratkovich’s Hercules Campus complex.
Playa Vista is home to other big names like Youtube, Yahoo, and Facebook, and is also where plenty of fancy mansions geared toward tech money are getting built wired for high-speed internet in pretty much every room. Looks like there might soon be even more potential buyers for those high-end houses.