It comes as no surprise that Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon are building huge corporate headquarters – they’re making the kind of profits that go hand in hand with altering a city skyline. Yet besides needing more space for a growing workforce, the buildings they have planned tell us something significant about the mood of each of the companies.

In many ways, architecture is still our most potent symbol of power and longevity, and the sheer size of their projects, the names of their architects, and the prices indicate that one-time tech outsiders have arrived firmly in the establishment.

 Facebook – MENLO PARK, California 

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Facebook is constructing a $120m, 394-unit housing community in San Francisco, across the street from its current campus. It’s going to be constructed by Frank Gehry. Facebook got the go-ahead from Menlo Park this week to build. Frank is known for his wild, sweeping architecture. With Facebook being a hip tech company, one might suspect we’re going to see a something a little nuts and different. Read more… 

Amazon -DENNY TRIANGLE, Seattle

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In Amazon’s proposed biospheres, employees will be able to ‘work and socialise in a more natural, park-like setting.’ The project will comprise 3.3 million square feet spread over three city blocks – including three 38-story high-rise office towers, two mid-rise office buildings and a multi-purpose meeting center seating 1,800 people. Read more:

Google - MOUNTAIN VIEW, California.

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In Google’s sprawling complex, no worker will be more than a two-and-a-half-minute walk from any other. The new building will be home for 2,500-3,000 engineers and scientists as well as the Headquarters.  Google‘s success depends on engineers, inventors mathematicians, IT-experts and scientists of all kinds. The building should reflect their different approaches and enhance convenience and productivity. The building will be „lively, fresh, simple and flexible” and offer healthy, communicative and effective workplaces and have „buzz“. Read more…

 Facebook - CUPERTINO, California

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The giant glass doughnut will be built on a 175 acre area near the 280 highway. The total building will be approximately 2.8 million square feet, will feature a 1,000 seat auditorium (perfect for all but Apple’s biggest events), a fitness center, 300,000 square feet of research facilities, a power plant, and underground parking. But all of that sounds boring, what you really need to see is what it looks like: a giant, flying saucer-like loop. Read more…