June 4, 2013
770 Broadway will hold two floors of Facebook’s new Frank Gehry-designed offices. Photo: via nymag.com
Frank Gehry seems to be the architect of choice for Facebook. The social media giant has now entered into another partnership with the starchitect, to design its new office space in the heart of Manhattan. Previously, Facebook had been using 150,000 square feet of space in the Bank of America tower near Grant Park and Grand Central Terminal. According to this statement (via gawker.com) from Facebook Engineering NYC, the new 100,000 sf office will have:
… big, open spaces for people to work and collaborate, and lots of room for conference rooms and cozy spaces where people can meet or grab a white board to talk through ideas on a whim. We’ll have plenty of video conferencing equipment to make meeting with our colleagues in other offices really quick and easy. We’ll have room to build out a full service kitchen and serve great food throughout the day. And, of course, we’ll still have all the other Facebook benefits like free laundry, gym memberships and lots of paid vacation.
In other words, this will be an awesome place to work. Located within trendy NoHo, and next to NYU and Washington Square Park, this is also some prime real estate. Architecturally, what can we expect? If Gehry’s Facebook West campus is any indication, it will be a playful and open design facilitating Facebook’s informality and collaboration.
Frank Gehry and Mark Zuckerberg review the model for Facebook’s West campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo: via arch2o.com