Facebook’s sprawling new Frank Gehry-designed HQ

TRD NEW YORK /
Mar.March 19, 2014 05:33 PM

After Facebook assumed the former Sun Microsystems complex in Palo Alto in 2011, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg set out to find an architect capable of handling a grand design for its main main headquarters building. Zuckerberg chose world famous architect Frank Gehry for the job (amid major concessions to the city of Palo Alto).

If he was looking for impact, Zuckerberg could have made no better choice. Gehry’s past designs have become renowned tourist attractions, like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. They are considered some of the most important works of contemporary architecture on the planet.

Photos of the Gehry model that will become Facebook’s new HQ have been floating around for a couple of years. But with the building slated for completion next year, Facebook provided these new, exclusive images to Business Insider of what the world can expect from Gehry’s latest design:

At more than 435,000 square feet, spread across 22 acres, the new building dips and rises from 45 to 73 feet. It is built above a surface-level parking lot with a massive rooftop green space that resembles a park more than a small corporate outdoor garden.

Facebook’s new building is a powerful example of how people create a sense of space and ownership over their environment. Buildings have long been held up as shining example of human innovation. Considering Gehry’s new design is just one of many expansive new Silicon Valley projects, it feels as if the whole area is gently reshaping its self image.

The roof will support a handful of outdoor cafes, barbecues and work benches beneath full-size trees to complete the park-like effect. One building will be large enough to house 10,000 workers in a single room.

The building is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Hudson Yards (Credit: Getty Images and Wikipedia)

Facebook close to finalizing Hudson Yards office deal: report

Warner Media CEO John Stankey, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO mark zuckerberg (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)

Triple-digit office rents, once a rarity, are now a major piece of Manhattan deals

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a rendering of the Farley Post Office building redevelopment (Credit: Getty Images, SOM)

Facebook to grow West Side fiefdom with giant Farley Building lease

Clockwise from left: 1 New York Plaza, Hudson Yards, 341 Ninth Avenue and 55 Water Street (Credit: Google Maps, Wikipedia Commons, Getty Images)

These were NYC’s top office leases in November

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Hudson Yards (Credit: Getty Images)

It’s official: Facebook is taking 1.5M sf in Hudson Yards

Follow us on Facebook for up-to-the-minute coverage on everything real estate

Follow us on Facebook for up-to-the-minute coverage on everything real estate

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook with a rendering of the Farley development (Credit: Getty Images, SOM iStock)

Facebook facing off with Apple over space in Vornado’s Farley Building conversion

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a rendering of the Farley Post Office building redevelopment (Credit: Getty Images, SOM)

Facebook in talks for massive lease at Vornado’s Farley Building

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...