Facebook has allowed precious few people to see its new Frank Gehry–designed headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
Aerial view of Facebook’s expansion site, left. (City of Menlo Park)
One of the lucky scribes was architecture critic James Russell, reporting for the Wall Street Journal. He raved about the hangar-like building’s massive ceiling heights, clustered “neighborhoods,” lack of hierarchy, and oodles of natural light.
Another glimpse of the 434,000, single-floor space, which will eventually hold 2,800 employees, was from The Guardian, which actually posted a picture of the new space by none other than Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg himself. “The building itself is pretty simple and isn’t fancy,” Zuckerberg told the Guardian. “That’s on purpose. We want our space to feel like a work in progress. When you enter our buildings, we want you to feel how much left there is to be done in our mission to connect the world.”Facebook’s meandering green roof. (Facebook)
The Guardian noted that Facebook has just submitted plans for two more buildings next door, also by Gehry, with a floor area of roughly a million square feet. The scheme, also includes a community nicknamed “Zee Town,” built for 10,000 employees on 200 acres. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Facebook bought a 56-acre campus once belonging to Prologis south of their current campus in February, so their expansion seems to be just beginning.
More pictures of the new offices below.Gehry loves fish scale-inspired siding (Facebook) (Toby Harriman) (Cory Iander) (Elizabeth Gilmore) The green roof has over 400 trees. (Gehry Partners) (Facebook)