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First look at Facebook's Gehry-designed offices

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Staff have started to move into the Frank Gehry-designed Facebook offices in California

Although the building isn’t officially complete, company founder Mark Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page that he had moved into the new office last week.

He described the offices as ‘the largest open floor plan in the world — a single room that fits thousands of people’.

He added: ‘The building itself is pretty simple and isn’t fancy. 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.’

The 40,000m² office building features a massive green roof with more than 400 trees and a half-mile walking loop.

When fully occupied the building will house 2,800 people.

Instagrammers were invited into the new building and here’s a selection of their photographs.

And it was all yellow. #facebook #mpk20 #corporateart #architecture #artspiration

A photo posted by Alissa (@alissa_isms) on

Rooftop garden of the new facebook office. #mpk20firstlook #mpk20

A photo posted by Jaed (@jpon) on

Mark Zuckerberg on working with Frank Gehry

‘I want to share a story as we settle into our new building at Facebook. When we first announced we were adding a building to our campus, Frank Gehry reached out and asked to design it. He really believes in our mission to connect the world. But even though we all loved his architecture, we initially said no. We figured he would be very expensive and that would send the wrong signal about our culture.

‘Frank came back to us and said we should go get other bids and that he would beat them all — and he did. As I learned, most building construction wastes a lot of materials and time due to poor planning. Frank has designed special software to assist in his architecture, so he’s very efficient.

‘In the end, our building finished ahead of schedule and under budget. It’s the only construction project I’ve ever heard of achieving this. It ended up costing us much less than any other major developments planned in Silicon Valley and taking way less time to build.’

FranK Gehry's proposals for Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

Frank Gehry on the Facebook offices

‘Mark Zuckerberg and I met three years and a handful months ago, and with incredible speed for this size of construction project, he’s moving into his building this month.

‘The collaboration with him and his team resulted in a remarkably human environment with beautiful light and scale and a beautiful garden on top. From the start, Mark 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. It is not a grand design statement and it has a toughness and a rawness that reminds me of the work I was doing in the early part of my career. I am very proud of the collaboration and I hope that it facilitates innovation and invention of the highest level.’

Facebook Mark Zuckerberg

Project data

Location Menlo Park, California, USA
Type of building office
Architect Gehry Partners
Landscape architect CMG Landscape Architecture
Contractor Level 10 Construction
Structural engineering Forell/Elsesser Engineers
M&E consultant PAE Engineers
Project and cost management Cumming 
Civil engineer BKF engineers
Environmental and geotechnical engineer Cornerstone 
Area 40,000m²
Environmental target LEED Gold

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