Growing up in Silicon Valley, the Blue Cube which was officially known as Onizuka Air Force Base loomed large in my imagination. With my parents telling me the building had no windows to prevent spies but finding what was going on inside, the Blue Cube conjured up visions of spies, espionage and James Bond-esque plots. With those childhood memories in mind, the demolition of the Blue Cube feels like the end of era and in many ways it is. There’s very little defense work that goes on in Silicon Valley today. And, no 10 year old kid is going to drive past a Facebook building and wonder what secret work is going on inside.
The Air Force claims that the lack of windows was to save on heating and cooling costs but I don’t believe them. Rationally, it seems unlikely because every other building has windows. More importantly, it take ways all the mystery of place. Even at its closing, most of what went on there is still classified so the mystery will live on, at least in minds of those of us who remember the Blue Cube.