Facebook is transforming quite admirably on the renewable energy front. Now the social media empire has announced a partnership with world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, for the development of a new and sustainable Menlo Park Campus expansion.
Since the 1960s, Gehry has been viewed as one of the most prolific and influential architects in history, with the design of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California under to his name.
The building Gehry will be planning with Facebook will be a large, one room building with a warehouse-like feel. Employees will sit out in the open with desks that are easy to move around for group projects, and cafes and micro-kitchens will be scattered throughout. There will be plenty of break-away spaces full of couches and whiteboards for a change of scenery or quick break from the grind. Jealous yet?
The exterior of the building will have a raw, minimalist look, consistent with other Facebook buildings and their overall eco-friendly design. It will also boast a rooftop garden across the entire length of the building and plenty of trees, benches, and walking trails. The current campus will connect to the new building through an underground tunnel designed for bike and pedestrian traffic. OK now I’m jealous.
The plan is to break ground in 2013 and house the expected hire of 3,400 engineers over the next six years.