On March 30, 2015, Facebook officially opened its new campus in Menlo Park in Silicon Valley, though employees started moving in over the weekend. Designed by starchitect Frank Gehry, the 430,000-square-foot complex has the largest open floor plan in the world and already received its LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building itself is "a cavernous office space on stilts, sandwiched between parking below and a roof garden above," and that roof garden spans nine acres and includes a half-mile walking loop and more than 400 trees. In a written statement, Frank Gehry said "From the start, Mark [Zuckerberg] wanted a space that was unassuming, matter-of-fact and cost effective. He did not want it overly designed. It also had to be flexible to respond to the ever-changing nature of his business — one that facilitated collaboration and one that did not impose itself on their open and transparent culture. This is the building that we created for him."
Me and my fraaaanndsss at work today! This floor to ceiling mural was painted by artist @chrislux and as you could guess I am obsessed with the colors. It has a graffiti feel but is inspired by visual arts and history, mythologies and fresco painting. Wow! This is one of 15 murals here and I hope to learn more about the remaining 14! Who wants to join in on the fun!? #MPK20muraltour #MPK20 #MPK20firstlook
Some of Frank Gehry's signature metal panelling at the new @facebook HQ! However for this building he used his style in a much more linear and geometric way versus his other "folded paper" look. Mark Zuckerberg wanted something that still felt unfinished and a work in progress. The sun setting was reflecting all kinds of colors the night before the buildings opening! #MPK20 #MPK20firstlook #strideby
The new Frank Gehry building at sunset is one of the most beautiful structures I've seen. Another fun fact about the building - all of the glass is etched so that birds don't fly into the windows. Clever, huh? Also, I'm very excited to announce that Business Insider, 7x7, Gizmodo, and Fast Company covered our visit and featured our photos! So unreal! Check out the links to the features! http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-new-campus-pictures-2015-3?op=1 http://m.7x7.com/tech/facebook-moves-cool-new-frank-gehry-designed-headquarters#/0 http://gizmodo.com/facebook-is-using-famous-instagrammers-to-reveal-its-ne-1694542553 http://m.fastcompany.com/3044389/a-first-look-at-facebooks-new-mothership-designed-by-frank-gehry #MPK20firstlook #communityfirst
· Facebook's New Frank Gehry-Designed Office: High Line or Hobbit Walmart? [Curbed SF]
· Employees start moving into Facebook's new West Campus in Menlo Park [SJ Mercury News]
· Facebook Moves into New Headquarters with the "Largest Open Floor Plan in the World" [Arch Daily]