Frank Gehry is understood to be working on plans for a possible new King’s Cross base for Facebook
According to sources, the American architect has been approached to mastermind the fit out of two adjoining buildings, designated T2 and T3 in the masterplan, for the social media giant. These have been designed by Bennetts Associates and are scheduled to complete next year.
There are also rumours Gehry, 88, is working on a separate standalone building on a nearby plot for the internet company which, The Times recently reported, is believed to be looking at taking around 65,000m² of space in King’s Cross as it aims to triple its size in London.
Although a final deal has yet to be signed by Facebook and site developer Argent, the company’s proposed new office space would sit to the north of Central Saint Martins Art School and the planned mega-HQ being built for Google. Approval for that building, a 300m-long block designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio and delivered by BDP, was secured last summer.
Facebook told the AJ it would not be commenting on the ‘speculation’ and Argent also refused to confirm the rumours.
However, it would not be the first time Gehry has worked with Facebook. As well as designing numerous buildings on the company’s massive Menlo Park base in California, Gehry also recently completed an office fit-out within the Make-designed Rathbone Square off Rathbone Place.