Zuckerberg returns to Frank Gehry for new offices in both London and Dublin
Frank Gehry is to refit offices for Facebook staff in the Wilkinson Eyre-designed 10 Brook Street Complex in London. Gehry began working with the social media giant in 2012 when Mark Zuckerberg commissioned the world-renowned architect to conceptualise a new campus for Facebook in San Francisco for 2,800 employees.
At the time of the San Francisco headquarters announcement, Zuckerberg said: “The idea is to make the perfect engineering space: one giant room that fits thousands of people, all close enough to collaborate together. It will be the largest open floor plan in the world, but it will also have plenty of private, quiet spaces as well.”
The Facebook founder has now returned to Gehry to fit out his new London headquarters having outgrown the firm’s current Covent Garden offices. 10 Brook Street will provide 8,000 sq m of space for the Facebook team, with current floor plans available to view here.
European Chief at Facebook Nicola Mendelsohn told the Evening Standard: “Our new home will give us the space to double the number of people working at Facebook London and build on what we’ve achieved there over the past few years, including the only Facebook Engineering Centre in Europe.
“We’re really excited to be able to welcome more talent to Facebook London and continue to help us provide the best possible experience for our growing Facebook community.”
The social media company will also be working with Gehry on the design of a new 11,000 sq m office in Grand Canal Square, Dublin for its staff in Ireland. Grand Canal Square is also home to a glittering $75m theatre by Daniel Libeskind.
An exhibition of Gehry’s latest fish lamps will be on show at the Gagosian Gallery in London until 21 December 2013. A full review of the collection will be published in the 12 November issue of News Review.