The Elektric

There is an unexpected love affair going on in Silicon Valley. As tech titans like Google, Facebook and Apple jockey for supremacy in the ever-changing digital age, they have partnered with the most eminent architects of our time to reinvent the world in which we work and live.

Google recently commissioned world-renowned European architects Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels to design its new corporate headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., following in the footsteps of other tech companies who are transforming the San Francisco Bay Area into a series of architectural landmarks.

Facebook commissioned Frank Gehry—known for his deconstructivist designs including Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles—for its revamped Palo Alto headquarters, which is scheduled to open this spring. Apple is spending an estimated $5 billion on its futuristic new headquarters and has commissioned high-profile architect Norman Foster for the building slated to open by the end of 2016.

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