Frank Ghery designs new Facebook building

Aug. 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM
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MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Famed architect Frank Gehry was chosen to design a new Facebook building in Menlo Park, Calif., officials said.

Gehry unveiled his design for the Facebook West Campus building Friday, the Palo Alto (Calif.) Daily News reported.

The building, set to be positioned along the western side of Bayfront Expressway, will be a single-story that covers about 10 acres and has a roof topped with trees. It will connect to Facebook's East Campus on the other side of the expressway via an underground tunnel.

Inside the building there will be clusters of desks and "break-away" spaces, as well as cafes and mini-kitchens to support creative teamwork among Facebook employees, said Facebook Environmental Design Manager Everett Katigbak.

"I don't think there's anything that exists in an office space of this scale," Katigbak said. "The way people work and collaborate will be super fluid, without having to go in and out of rooms and up and down different floors."

Facebook inventor Mark Zuckerberg met with 83-year-old Gehry, who also designed the Guggenheim Museum in Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, near the end of last year to talk about the possibility of designing a new Facebook campus, the Daily News said.

"Frank was the perfect architect," said Facebook spokesman Slater Tow. "We wanted someone to understand our culture and Frank got it. We consider it to be a pretty big honor."

Ironically, Gehry does not have his own Facebook page or even a Web site, Tow said.

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