Work at Google and curious as to where your new rumpus room is? Here is a slide show of the new Google Campus in Venice Beach. The complex, originally occupied by Chiat/Day, has a showpiece building designed by Frank Gehry with Binoculars by Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen.
Click here to see the slide show “real” size!
Wonder what the story is on the binoculars? From Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen:
One day we received a telephone call from Gehry and Jay Chiat, a client, who had been pondering a maquette in progress for the new Chiat/Day advertising agency to be located on Main Street in Venice, California, not far from the Pacific Ocean. The design so far consisted of two highly disparate structures, one boat-like, the other tree-like. Now Gehry wanted to join them in the center with a third structure of a sculptural character that would mediate between the two and anchor the building, but he was not yet sure how to define it. Looking for something to demonstrate what he had in mind, he placed the little binoculars — which serendipitously almost fit the scale of the model — in the center of the Chiat/Day facade.
Google Campus Venice
340 Main Street
Venice Beach California