Facebook’s Frank Gehry-Designed Second Campus Gets the Green Light
Facebook’s second campus expansion has officially been approved by the Menlo Park city council.
The second campus will be located on the other side of the road from their current campus. The 22-acre West Campus will eventually sport a 433,555 sq ft building, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. You may know Gehry as the man behind the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A.
Mercury News reports that the council voted unanimously to approve the expansion (4-0 with one member absent). They also approved an environmental impact report that says the projects’ benefits will outweigh any negative consequences.
“Congratulations…where’s the ‘like’ button?” said Mayor Peter Ohtaki.
Facebook first announced the project back in August of last year.
“It will be a large, one room building that somewhat resembles a warehouse. Just like we do now, everyone will sit out in the open with desks that can be quickly shuffled around as teams form and break apart around projects,” said Facebook Environmental Design Manager Everett Katigbak. “There will be cafes and lots of micro-kitchens with snacks so that you never have to go hungry. And we’ll fill the building with break-away spaces with couches and whiteboards to make getting away from your desk easy.”
The exterior of the building will be eco-friendly filled with trees and a rooftop garden (complete with oak trees). There will also be a tunnel under the expressway that connects the two campuses.
Gehry, known for designing beautiful but functional spaces, was reportedly willing to “tone it down,” which is what CEO Mark Zuckerberg wanted. Low key and functional.