Skip to main content

Facebook gets green light to build Gehry-designed campus extension

mark zuckerberg meeting frank gehry

Facebook has been given the go ahead to start building its swish new Menlo Park campus extension. The city’s mayor, Peter Ohtaki, gave the social networking giant the good news Tuesday night.

“Congratulations,” Ohtaki said, adding, “Where’s the ‘Like’ button.”

According to the Mercury News, the decision had no trouble going through, with the council voting four-to-zero in favor of the project.

The design of the new 433,555-square-foot Facebook campus, which was first shown off last summer, is the work of internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry.

The eco-friendly complex, which is expected to be able to accommodate some 3,400 workers, will cover 22 acres and incorporate an enormous room (making Facebook home to the largest open-plan office on the planet) as well as a rooftop garden. A tunnel will connect the new building to the existing campus.

frank gehry Facebook buildingWhen Facebook pulled the wraps off its ambitious plans last year, company boss and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his site, “The idea is to make the perfect engineering space: one giant room that fits thousands of people, all close enough to collaborate together. It will be the largest open floor plan in the world, but it will also have plenty of private, quiet spaces as well.”

While much of Gehry’s work can be described as anything from ‘striking’ to ‘WTF is that supposed to be?’, Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives requested a low-key look for the new Menlo Park campus, forcing Gehry to tone down some of the early designs he had in mind.

“They felt some of those things were too flashy and not in keeping with the kind of the culture of Facebook, so they asked us to make it more anonymous,” Gehry’s creative partner, Craig Webb, told the Mercury News.

When it’s complete, much of the building will be concealed by the landscaping and rooftop garden. “Our intent is that it almost becomes like a hillside, with the landscape really taking the forefront,” Webb said.

Now that the city council has given Facebook the OK to build its new campus extension, construction workers should be arriving to break ground in the coming months.

[via Cnet]

Editors' Recommendations

Twitterrific shuts down after being blocked by Twitter
The Twitterrific bird.

The maker of Twitterrific, a third-party Twitter app for macOS and iOS that launched in 2007 and came to the iPhone before Twitter itself, has been left with no choice but to close it down.

In a message posted on its website on Thursday, The Iconfactory, Twitterrific's developer, said: "We are sorry to say that the app’s sudden and undignified demise is due to an unannounced and undocumented policy change by an increasingly capricious Twitter -- a Twitter that we no longer recognize as trustworthy nor want to work with any longer.”

Read more
Elon Musk says Twitter will launch pricier Blue tier free of ads
A digital image of Elon Musk in front of a stylized background with the Twitter logo repeating.

Elon Musk said on Sunday that Twitter is planning to offer a higher-priced Blue subscription that will have zero ads.

Musk, who acquired Twitter in October 2022 in a deal worth $44 billion, didn’t say how much the new tier will cost, nor when it will launch.

Read more
Trump allowed to return to Facebook and Instagram
Trump stylized image

Meta is ending its suspension of Donald Trump on Facebook and Instagram, allowing the former president to start posting again as he eyes a return to the White House via the 2024 election.

Trump was suspended indefinitely from the social media sites shortly after the riots at the Capitol in January 2021.

Read more