Facebook’s Giant Green Roof Complete with Cafes, Parks, Walking Paths, etc.
1st Apr 2013
Menlow Park city council has just granted Facebook approval to build a huge campus next to its headquarters in Silicon Valley. The development will be built over 22 acres, and will house 2,800 employees.
The 433,555 square foot building, designed by award winning architect Frank Gehry, will be covered by a large green roof that will stretch for most of the building and hide most of the structure beneath clever landscaping. Craig Webb, a design partner who worked on the building, admitted that the “intent is that it almost becomes like a hillside, with the landscape really taking the forefront.”
The giant roof will feel more like a park than a roof garden. It will support oak trees, include cafes, and kiosks, and have a walking trail, much like Google’s new green roof.
Facebook explained that “it will be a large, one room building that somewhat resembles a warehouse. 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.”
One of the world’s most prominent architects, Frank Gehry’s latest work includes the largest green roof in the world at the Millennium Park in Chicago.
By. Anthony Barton