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__SPACER__ Even if Twitter's HQ is no more interesting than the others on this list, the culture there is different. The Twitter founding team are more urbane and hip than the others, and this space is a quick recolonization of the former Bebo offices rather than a fully bespoke design reflecting a company identity. Look for Twitter to outdo the rest in years to come.
__SPACER__ Even Ebay's own Seattle campus is better than this artless piece of spec. office building. The only feature it shares with its Nortern counterpart is the horrible flower bed with candy colored shrubs that compete poorly with the fridge magnet logo.<p /><p />Somewhere along the lines Ebay lost its cool, despite being a company that has a definitively hip and green mission (recycle goods) and a visionary founder, its former CEO Meg Whitman took it somewhere that is reflected in the architecture of its HQ.
__SPACER__ Amazon have offices sprinkled around the Seattle area, with their HQ in the Art Deco era Pacific Medical Center building, an edifice that says little about Amazon or even the West coast, looking more like a squat tower in New York's Tribeca.<p /><p />Tis will change soon, however as even maverick Amazon succumb to the campus model, consolidating offices in one Seattle location.
__SPACER__ Oracle's HQ is a series of cylindrical featureless mirror glass towers, a simplistic metaphor for databases, which are traditionally represented by a cylinder symbol. <p /><p />It was used as a futuristic HQ in the movie Bicentennial Man, but comprises an architectural form which harks more to a 1970s version of the future, which is somewhat appropriate.
__SPACER__ Architecturally, the Googleplex is like a giant playground, not too far off the IKEA creche. It hints of a possible Google weakness - immaturity and also a certain lack of creativity in that this is the most crass and literal interpretation of the foosball table ridden startup environment.