| Monday, August 27th, 2012

Haute 100 LA Update: Frank Gehry to Design Facebook’s Menlo Park Extension

Facebook has just announced that the designer of its new Menlo Park campus is none another than Frank Gehry.

Writing in a blog post, Facebook’s environmental design manager Everett Katigbak revealed how the collaboration came to pass.

Katigbak wrote that he had met with the world renowned architect several months ago in LA.

He said: “His office is a giant warehouse overflowing with handmade, wooden models juxtaposed with state-of-the-art architecture software (some of which is designed by Frank’s in-house team). His teams are filled with people who are unbelievably talented and love what they do. The whole thing reminded me of Facebook, so that when I met Frank, I already knew he was a perfect fit for us.”

Facebook’s new extension will be “a large, one room building that somewhat resembles a warehouse.” The structure will house about 2,800 engineers and should be finished by early 2013.

Gehry’s design will take into account Facebook’s engineering culture, provides cafes and small kitchens, “break-away” spaces for brain-storming sessions, a rooftop garden and an underground tunnel connecting the campus to Facebook’s current space.

[Source: PC Mag]

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