LOS ANGELES - Google has restored the iconic Spruce Goose airplane hangar into a 450,000-square-foot office and event space.
Originally constructed in 1943 by the legendary Howard Hughes, the Spruce Goose hangar once housed the H-4 Hercules plane, better known as the Spruce Goose - the largest wooden airplane ever built. Also designed by Hughes, the Goose was built out of wood because of wartime shortages, and only flew once.
The Goose remained in the hangar for more than 30 years before moving to Oregon where it can currently be seen by the public. In the 1990s, the hangar became a film production facility, once being used as a soundstage for both Titanic and Avatar.
In 2016, Google began leasing the facility, and before long tapped Oregon-based ZGF Architects to begin a transformation process.
ZGF inserted varying floor plates, a "boardwalk" on each floor, skylights, custom furnishings, restored the hangar's timber beams, and re-exposed the long-covered windows - flooding the space with light.
The building's spine was rebuilt with steel and then covered with the same refurbished wooden panels.
"The varied shaping of each floor allows daylight to penetrate every level and maintains clear sight lines spanning the full length of the building, putting the magnitude and workmanship of the historic structure on display," the architects said.
The 450,000-square-foot building now contains offices, cafes, conference rooms, a fitness center, and an event space for 250 people.
Each area is designed acoustically, so sounds do not travel thoughout the entire room. The office is stocked with colorful artwork and potted plants. Aviation themes were featured into the building's meeting rooms, which have names like Kite and Zephyr.
All images are by Connie Zhou
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