frank gehry designs new facebook campus in menlo park
 
frank gehry designs new facebook campus in menlo park
aug 27, 2012

frank gehry designs new facebook campus in menlo park

frank gehry designs new facebook campus image © frank gehry / gehry partners

in the midst of facebook‘s plans to expand their corporate head office in palo alto, california, the social networking company has commissioned architect frank gehry to design an entirely new west campus in menlo park on a 22 acre site. based on a community-like environment that will host a park atmosphere, where a grass roof with a variety of native trees will become accessible by foot, the new development will connect to the current east headquarters via a tunnel, where the path will create a transit route for cyclists and pedestrians walking beneath the bay-front expressway.

the building itself will be a 10 acre (approximately 435 600 square feet) warehouse-type layout that will allow for employees to sit out in the open with desks that can be quickly shuffled around as teams form and break apart around projects. with construction planned to start in 2013, the new west campus addition will house approximately 6,000 people in the next five years, with over 1/3 being engineers. the new eco-friendly space will accommodate a series of outdoor cafes, barbecues, workbenches to complement the surrounding roof-top garden.

frank gehry designs new facebook campus in menlo parkproposed model of the new facebook campus in menlo park, palo alto image © frank gehry / gehry partners

frank gehry designs new facebook campus in menlo parktop view of the new facebook campus model in menlo park image © frank gehry / gehry partners

frank gehry designs new facebook campus in menlo parkmark zuckerberg discussing plans with frank gehry image © frank gehry / gehry partners

frank gehry designs new facebook campus in menlo parkplan view of menlo park with the two campuses

frank gehry designs new facebook campus in menlo parkproposed site plan

frank gehry designs new facebook campus in menlo parkcurrent site plan

frank gehry designs new facebook campus in menlo parkproposed tunnel system to connect campuses

  • @MarkW
    Why so much hate? Don’t you know that only visonaries fulfill their dreams?Not the haters that can only criticize – so even if it’s a crazy idea at least they are creating and I am very curious to see how it turns out

    AK
  • At least Admire both parties for the new challenge, besides ego! good luck hope see one more of Ghery\’s land mark project and am in.

    sufhi
  • gehry looks a bit lost in them photos. like when he looks at Zuck he seems to think \’whats that intern doing here and where the hell is the client? is today tuesday?

    gudrun
  • Frank Ghery needs work.
    Zuckerberg needs credibility and matter for His immaterial world.
    Ghery should should respect his principles for the urban quality of life – as a Pritzer Prized Architect should.

    Antonio Mota
  • Raté!
    Dommage pour Gehry!
    Bien fait & tant mieux pour l’autre!!!

    GLS
  • oops i meant *frank gehry

    sorry :P..

    mara
  • The inside of the menlo park campus looks like as if building that has just been hit by a tsunami or something. There is flow, but its not orderly flow. very very messy.

    yes, everyone is definitely not satisfied. especially mark gehry

    and i cannot believe the project does not feel like mark gehry’s work at all!

    mara
  • I quit facebook 5 years ago and have no respect for zuckerberg. What i find interesting is that the facebook concept isnt even grounded and they have re-entered the 1995 era of building large IT installations as if failure will never find them. Indeed even the project itself looks typically the overstuffed, new rich, menlo park mentality. And there is zuckerberg who cares less how it looks than the shock he feels by the bill for all this thats larger than his ego and he\’s wondering, is this facebook thing really gonna fly? And ole frank gehry is sitting there wondering if he\’s gonna get paid before it flops. Sometimes projects are just that and can be measured by normal architectual ideals and other times projects have to consider the underlying social realities they impact.

    charles
  • Model and plans very different. Must still be in conceptual design phase.
    People do look glum in photo.

    mArkW
  • Both look disappointed with each other in the first pic.

    Aj

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