Google offers a glimpse inside
its data centres

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News: Google has shared these previously unseen images of its data centres around the world, which feature primary-coloured pipework, cooling rooms that glow green and bicycles for staff to get around (+ slideshow).

Google's data centres revealed

A new website called Where The Internet Lives offers virtual tours of eight Google data centres around the world as well as a Google Street View tour of its North Carolina outpost.

Google's data centres revealed

The internet giant uses the buildings to process huge amounts of data, including three billion Google search queries a day and 72 hours of YouTube videos a minute.

Google's data centres revealed

Each data centre is carefully located and designed to benefit from its surrounding environment. The data centre in Hamina, Finland, which occupies a machine hall designed by Alvar Aalto, uses sea water to cool the building and reduce energy usage.

Google's data centres revealed

Small yellow bicycles known as G-bikes are used by Google staff to get around the huge buildings.

Google's data centres revealed

The colourful pipes are painted in Google's signature bright colours. The blue pipes supply cold water and the red pipes return the warm water back to be cooled.

Google's data centres revealed

Bright pink pipes transfer water from the green chillers to an outside cooling tower.

Google's data centres revealed

The fibre optic networks connecting Google's sites run along the yellow cable trays near the ceiling and can run at speeds more than 200,000 times faster than a normal home internet connection.

Google's data centres revealed

Plastic curtains are hung in the network rooms to act as a barrier, keeping cold air inside to circulate around the machines.

Google's data centres revealed

Other Google buildings we've featured on Dezeen include the internet giant's London headquarters and another London office with a seaside theme – see all our stories about Google.

Google's data centres revealed

More recently we reported on the Google Web Lab at the Science Museum in London, where visitors can operate robots and play with virtual teleporters.

Google's data centres revealed

We previously published photos from inside the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the particle accelerator constructed in a 27km underground tunnel on the border of France and Switzerland.

Google's data centres revealed

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Google's data centres revealed

  • Grapes

    Willy Wonka and the Google Factory?

  • Lisko

    Matrix.

  • Juits

    Kinda reminiscent of Centre Pompidou in Paris.

  • Mikey

    Where are the pictures of the bikes?