Facebook has tapped renowned architect Frank Gehry to design the interior of its newly leased New York office, a 100,000-square-foot space set on two floors at 770 Broadway (a LEED Silver-certified building with ultra-efficient lighting and water systems). This isn’t Gehry’s first stint with the social media giant – he’s also behind the design of Facebook’s Menlo Park campus expansion in San Francisco, which features a rooftop garden. Though Gehry has no plans to add a garden to the New York offices, open floor plans, natural lighting and collaborative workspaces will be at the core of the design.
“We were delighted when he agreed to help us build out our new space in New York,” said Serkan Piantino, site director of Facebook New York’s engineering team, in a post on their website. “It will share many of the features of our headquarters, but will be distinctly Big Apple in design and speak to the unique experience of working in a place like Manhattan.”
The move will double the size of Facebook’s engineering offices (currently located at 335 Madison Avenue) and will also house marketing, communications, sales and design teams. Move in is set for early 2014, marking Facebook’s second year anniversary in the city.
“We are looking forward to creating a space that speaks to the values of Facebook and allows them to continue to do their best work,” Gehry said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.