The Googleplex experiment

Google’s incredible growth saw it gobble up almost all of the office space in one corner of California

5th January, 2020
The Googleplex experiment
The Google campus at Mountain View in California Picture: Getty

The conversion of Barrow Street into a campus-style office development is an ongoing matter. The template for it can be traced back to Mountain View, California.

Google moved into Mountain View in 1999. It had fewer than 50 staff at the time. Fast-forward two decades, and it is the largest employer in the area and taken over vast swathes of properties to accommodate these workers.

During 2007 alone, a Google shopping spree involved the company acquiring or...

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