You can tell a lot about a building from its entrance- for example the entrance to Google Venice Beach campus is a giant pair of binoculars. And, usually, this is the most that we’d get to see of the building, except that Google has taken its Street View cameras inside for a very small but impressive tour.
Google’s Venice Beach campus has been open a year and it is exactly what you’d expect from Google; quirky, extravagant, and just a little bit odd. We know this because, using Google’s indoor Street View technology, Google is allowing users to explore the lobby and a little bit beyond of this campus.
From the every entrance (beyond the giant binoculars) Google’s Venice Beach campus is impressive, with a solid driftwood reception area. But this is nothing – the most impressive part of the building (that’s available on Street View) is the Google Doodle corridor.
Just to the right of the reception area is a small corridor covered from floor to ceiling in Google’s myriad of international doodles. There are absolutely hundreds of them and while many are quite small there is enough detail in there to see most of them.
We knew that Google had a Doodle corridor, as it featured in much of the publicity surrounding the Los Angeles’ office opening, but we haven’t been able to explore the various graphics in much detail until now. And, trust us, you will be exploring them for a while.
Once you’re done that you can also look at Google’s Irish staff taking over an entire street in Dublin or have a walk around the Googleplex in Mountain View.