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Frank Gehry to Build Facebook Headquarters Extension

The 10-acre campus will feature a mammoth single-story 420,000-square-foot structure, complete with a rooftop garden.
By: Sarah Bauder
Published: August 27th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News
Frank Gehry (left), with Mark Zuckerberg and Gehry's partner, Craig Webb, reviewing the Facebook West design.Pic: Frank Gehry/Gehry Partners via Bloomberg
Despite a beleaguered Facebook as of late, Mark Zuckerberg is forging ahead with plans to have world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, design the social networking company’s headquarters extension. Facebook West, located in Menlo Park, CA, will be a 10-acre campus complete with a gargantuan single-story 420,000-square-foot warehouse building, and a rooftop garden spanning the entire structure.

"I'm excited to work with Frank Gehry to design our new campus. 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. The roof of the building will be a park that blends into the community with a long walking trail, a field and lots of places to sit. From the outside it will appear as if you're looking at a hill in nature,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook wall.

Gehry has designed some of the most acclaimed structures on the planet, including the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain, Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, and the Art Gallery of Ontario in his hometown of Toronto.

"Mark said he wanted to be in the same room with all his engineers. I told him we could put the building up on stilts, park cars underneath and create a room as large as he wanted,” the 83-year-old told Bloomberg News.

Facebook hopes to break ground on the Silicon Valley site in early 2013, and open it by spring of 2015. The social networking behemoth moved from Palo Alto to their present “East Campus” location in Menlo Park at the end of 2011.
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