Facebook has commissioned world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to design its first custom-built campus. Gehry is perhaps best known as the architect behind the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The new campus will allow both him and Facebook to make a distinctive mark on Silicon Valley.
The project represents Facebook’s first customized campus — its current home was previously occupied by Sun Microsystems. It will house 3,400 engineers in a single building with reconfigurable work and meeting space and a garden that extends from around the building to cover the entire roof of the structure, according to Facebook.
It will be situated on ground already owned by the social networking site operator that sits across the street from its current campus in Menlo Park. A tunnel already connects the two pieces of ground and that will be used by staff moving between the two.
Dubbed Facebook Campus West, initial plans called for four separate buildings but Gehry consolidated these into a single structure that manages to avoid the look of a warehouse or hangar by having angled walls that zig-zag along the length of the building.
taking green roofs to another level / llevando los techos verdes a otro nivel