Tour AOL's Spiffy New Offices In The Valley

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Last August, AOL combined three Bay Area offices into a new building in Palo Alto, and the company hopes a bunch of startups will join it there.We got a tour from AOL vice president Trent Herren, who explained a little bit about what the company is doing.

Google owns the building, and AOL was originally going to lease a single floor. But after losing its bid to an education company — who later backed out — AOL decided it better get the whole place or risk being stuck in a bad location or split between multiple offices.

The old space was unsuitable, so AOL worked with San Francisco design firm Studio O+A, which built out headquarters for Facebook and Square as well. The redesign will be completed in May.

Right now, AOL has about 180 employees on the third floor of the building, which is mostly finished. AOL uses part of its third-floor headquarters to house about 50 students from SSE Labs, an incubator of small companies started by Stanford students. There are also about 25 other entrepreneurs who use the floor.

AOL leases the second floor to a bunch of smaller companies, including Playdom, and has just started working on the first floor, which it wants to use to house small startups.

The lobby greets you with a big AOL logo.

Other company logos also show up on the same screen, which can be confusing if you're looking for AOL.

Turns out that the actual AOL part of the building is up the elevator on the 3rd floor.

OK, we're in the right place now for sure.

Those fish don't look very healthy....

OK, the water is yellow because of medicine, not some strange branding experiment.

Employees gather in the food line. rumour has it there is permanent beer on tap, but we didn't see the taps.

This isn't graffiti: all the walls are white boards.

This is where the student entrepreneurs work.

Here are the logos of the companies the Stanford students are building.

These little pods with sliding doors are throughout the office. They're for small informal gatherings.

Stacy Nagel from AOL's Mobile-First digging some tunes.

Stacy's dog Lucy, looking for some fun.

A spiffy new conference room.

The conference rooms are named after technologies or Star Trek characters.

Employees can borrow bikes to ride around Palo Alto.

The first floor is a work in progress. Eventually, AOL wants to lease this space out to small startups.

A few months ago, the whole building looked like this.

This will be the auditorium for big meetings.

Now, check out another company with spanking new offices right down the road.

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