Last week Facebook opened its new office called MPK 20 in Silicon Valley. It is a 43,000 square foot office, which according to Mark Zuckerberg, is “the largest open floor plan in the world”. Frank Gehry, the architect, created a space with lots of small spaces where people can communicate and work together. The building is LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and holds a 9 acre park on its roof with walking trails and outdoor spaces to relax and work. The new building offers a workplace for 2800 Facebook employees and has a tunnel which connects the new office with Facebook’s old campus.
The office is still a work in progress. Facebook wants their employees to be well aware that when they enter the building they would feel there is much that still needs to be done in their “mission to connect the world”. In a post on the social media channel, Zuckerberg wrote: “Our goal was to create the perfect engineering space for our teams to work together. We wanted our space to create the same sense of community and connection among our teams that we try to enable with our services across the world.”
Facebook moved to Menlo Park in 2011. Since then, the social media giant hired thousands of new employees and purchased land near its main headquarters to plan future growth. As of December 2014, the social network had 9,199 employees worldwide of which about half are working in Menlo Park. A week after the first employees moved into the new building there is already talk about the construction of a second building. Fergus O’Shea, Facebook’s Director of Campus Facilities wrote that “Facebook is committed to forward thinking strategies to create a thriving and diverse ‘live, work, play’ environment for future generations”.
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