Facebook reveals Gehry-designed HQ: Next up, Seattle

Facebook reveals Gehry-designed HQ: Next up, Seattle

Frank Gehry might be a everlasting fixture on Facebook’s payroll now.

If the brand new Menlo Park flagship workplace is a forerunner of what’s to come in Seattle, we’re in for nothing in need of shock. Whether or not that’s good or unhealthy but stays to be seen.

Beneath the headline, “Excessive Line or Hobbit Walmart,” SF Curbed pointed out that “the Observer opined that Facebook had mainly employed Frank Gehry to build Mark Zuckerberg a hobbit hole in Palo Alto (learn: Menlo Park).” Keep in mind, Gehry additionally designed Seattle’s music and popular culture museum, Paul Allen’s Expertise Music Undertaking. The constructing remains to be one of the crucial universally reviled items of structure on the market.

And whereas it’s enjoyable to take pot pictures on the legendary architect, he’s additionally chargeable for the Louis Vuitton Foundation’s new building in Paris, which is unimaginable and one of the crucial necessary items of recent structure on the market. Severely, it’s beautiful.

The Menlo Park flagship constructing can home as much as 2,800 staff, all underneath an open plan. Facebook invited Instagrammers yesterday to {photograph} it. You may see some of the pictures on Quick Co. right here. Actually, it’s arduous to hate, particularly with that nine-acre park on the rooftop. Most staff would kill for an out of doors workspace like that.

Facebook additionally unveiled their Gehry-designed New York offices final fall. His work actually complemented the present construction (full disclosure: I used to work in that very same constructing). A basic, old-school boxy division retailer, the Facebook places of work took benefit of the massive home windows and partitions, splashing colourful artwork and chill-out areas all through, whereas respecting the marble staircases and different old-school options of the constructing.

As we reported final month, Facebook has some huge plans for the two,000-some staff it should home on the Dexter Station constructing. The corporate has leased 274,000 sq. ft, with the choice so as to add one other 62,000 sq. ft. The Gehry-designed area can be prepared for Facebook staff by early 2016, in line with Paul Carduner, the Facebook Seattle web site lead.

What does Gehry have deliberate for Seattle? One factor’s for sure — it will likely be enjoyable as hell to look at.

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