Google Expands In Southern California: Three Venice Buildings Leased

01/26/2011 12:05 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • David Sarno, Roger Vincent and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Los Angeles and San Francisco --
Google Inc., the ever-expanding Internet search giant, is establishing a beachhead in Venice.

In a rare bright spot for the region's sluggish economy, Google is leasing more than 100,000 square feet of office space in three buildings, including the famed Binoculars Building designed by Frank Gehry. Sitting in front of the building is a huge binocular sculpture created by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, perhaps befitting of the company's search theme.