Google is in the midst of constructing a huge 120,000 square foot “Google Experience Center,” which will serve as a sort of private museum and meeting center, as well as labs for secret projects and the company’s @Home automation endeavour.
According to a report from Mercury News the new consumer product under the brand name “@home” will wirelessly stream music or data to other household devices, apparently similar to a prototype home audio service Google demonstrated publicly last year.
And, most intriguingly, it may host future entries of Google’s new “Solve for X” conference, given the description by one of the architects working on the building:
According to report, “Project X” appears to involve “precision optical technology” and could be part of the secret technology projects Google co-founder Sergey Brin is heading.
The 120,000-square-foot “Google Experience Center” would not typically be open to the public –and will be a kind of private museum for Google’s most important clients and partners, where the company plans “to share visionary ideas, and explore new ways of working” with up to 900 VIPs and other important guests, according to documents Google filed with the city of Mountain View. Therefore, the Experience Center must also operate somewhat like a museum, exhibit, or mercantile space allowing flexibility in the exhibits so that as Google’s products and needs change, the space can adapt.
Google declined to say much about the Experience Center, or to discuss its new hardware testing labs or the mysterious Project X.
Across the Googleplex, construction crews have been busy in recent months working on about 800,000 square feet of renovations, according to city records.
Google is also building a lab at 1600 Shoreline Blvd., that screens out radio frequency signals for a division labeled “Google/@home” to test new wireless consumer technology. Elsewhere on campus it is building thermal and anechoic chambers that can be used for things like testing antennas’ radiation patterns.
The Google/@home “RF screen room will be used to test the Wifi performance and development of a consumer product,” a Google real estate official, Lewis Darrow, said in a letter to the city last year.