Google Street View has been snooping way beyond the curb. The see-all service has spread into museums, inside businesses, onto hiking trails, and even leads curated street art tours in cities around the world. Now, the service has expanded into architecture. The newest feature allows curious internet explorers to step inside some of Alvar Aalto’s most celebrated buildings without booking a flight or even looking away from the ever-present glow of their computer screen.
Aalto’s studio. (Flickr / Lydia gonzález dios)
The power-house tech company has partnered with the Alvar Aalto Foundation to provide “street-view” images of some of the architect’s famous works in Finland. Among the projects included in the virtual tours are the Alvar Aalto Museum, Aalto’s own studio, and the Säynätsalo Town Hall.An Aalto-designer paper mill is now a Google data center. (Courtesy Google)
“This project means something special to many of us at Google,” the company said in a statement. “We have built one of our two largest data centers in Finland—and the architect of our data center building was none other than Aalto.” The architect originally designed the space in Hamina as a paper mill.
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