Facebook nabs first urban office in downtown San Francisco

The tech giant's deal is the largest lease signed in San Fran in three years
September 23, 2017 09:07AM

Facebook is leasing 33 floors of 181 Fremont for a new San Francisco office. (Wikimedia Commons/181 Fremont)

Up to 3,000 Facebook employees are to be working in the heart of San Francisco by the end of the year.

The tech giant inked a $35 million lease for 436,000 square feet of office space because busing employees about two hours through infamously bad traffic to company headquarters in Menlo Park was becoming unwieldy. Surprise, surprise. The deal is the biggest office lease signed in San Francisco in three years, according to Business Insider.

The South of Market tower, known by its address, 181 Fremont, will be mixed-use with 67 residential units on the upper 17 floors, while Facebook’s offices take over the lower 33 floors. Designed by influential interior designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy and Heller Manus Architects, the design team set out to establish a new bar in luxury living for the 67 condos. Their artisan-crafted interiors, in combination with an earthquake resistant design, cost the developer Jay Paul Company $665 million to build.

In the case of an earthquake the towers crisscrossing joints are designed to behave like shock absorbers reducing stress from seismic activity, according to the developer. (Business Insider/181 Fremont)

 

View of the penthouse. The interior design team spent time in Italy choosing marble that would be used in the decor. (Business Insider/181 Fremont)

Facebook says many of the employees who will be based in the new urban office are part of their Instagram division. The tower is expected to be open by the end of the year.

[Business Insider]