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In Pictures: The new corporate palaces for tech titans

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Facebook's West Campus to be built in Menlo Park and designed by Frank Gehry is pictured in this artist's rendering courtesy of Facebook. The rooftop serves as a park.

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Facebook hired Gehry to bring his trademark style of unexpected angles and understated drama to what is essentially one enormous open-plan office, where a worker can wander from one end to the other without ever going through a door.

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The proposed Google corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California, is pictured in this artist's rendering courtesy of NBBJ. Google Inc, the world's largest Internet search company, has outgrown its original headquarters in Silicon Valley's Mountain View and is planning to build a 1.1 million square foot Googleplex nearby.

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The proposed Amazon corporate headquarters in Seattle, Washington, is pictured in this artist's rendering courtesy of NBBJ. Amazon.com this week revealed plans for three verdant bubbles in downtown Seattle as part of a larger plan.

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The Amazon spheres are just the centrepiece for three new skyscrapers that will house a rapidly growing workforce in downtown Seattle.

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An aerial rendering of the planned Apple Computer headquarters in Cupertino, California is shown in this undated photo released to the media on Aug. 3, 2012. While many tech companies want to build large buildings in urban settings, Apple, with roots in Cupertino, will stay with the suburban-office-park model in its heavily landscaped, 2.8-million square foot building, being designed by the London firm Foster and Partners.

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