Facebook to Build WorldΓÇÖs Largest Open Plan Office
Always one to break records, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is launching his latest scheme to build the largest open plan office in the world next to his headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
Zuckerberg is in cahoots with acclaimed architect Frank Gehry to build new office space for thousands of engineers that will be connected to the main Facebook building (pictured) via an underground tunnel.
The earliest plans have been released to reveal that the biggest open plan office ever created will have a large park for a rooftop and an ΓÇÿunfinishedΓÇÖ feel.
ΓÇ£It will be the largest open floor plan in the world, but it will also have plenty of private, quiet spaces as well,ΓÇ¥ says Zuckerberg. ΓÇ£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.
ΓÇ£From the outside it will appear as if youΓÇÖre looking at a hill in nature.ΓÇ¥
The 28-year-old CEO adds: ΓÇ£IΓÇÖm 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.ΓÇ¥
Gehry, still an active and innovative architect at 83 years of age, is known for his most famous creations including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA and the New York City residential tower, 8 Spruce Street.
ΓÇ£His teams are filled with people who are unbelievably talented and love what they do,ΓÇ¥ says Facebook Environmental Design Manager, Everett Katigbak. ΓÇ£The whole thing reminded me of Facebook, so that when I met Frank, I already knew he was a perfect fit for us.
ΓÇ£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. There will be caf├⌐s and lots of micro-kitchens with snacks so that you never have to go hungry. And weΓÇÖll fill the building with break-away spaces with couches and whiteboards to make getting away from your desk easy.
ΓÇ£We plan to break ground on the new building in early 2013 and hope for a quick construction. When itΓÇÖs completed, we hope it will provide a paradise workspace for the 2,800 engineers who will one day fill it.ΓÇ¥
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