Facebook is adopting eco-friendly measures in the expansion of its new Menlo Park campus. The extension is designed by Prizker-Prize winning architect Frank Gehry, who is famous for his shiny, titanium-clad icons of blobitecture. The planned design will include a massive park-like, tree-and-grass-lined green roof featuring park benches and a walking trail.
Facebook has also moved a proposal to the authorities seeking to build a tunnel to connect its old and new campuses, which can be used for pedestrian and bike traffic. The existing East Campus covers 57 acres and about 1 million square feet of office space. Now the company is planning to create a 22-acre west campus, which will be able to accommodate over 6,000 people in the next six years.
In Gehry’s plan, there is a green roof covering the whole of campus. As per the Menlo Park’s the Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance, the turf area should not exceed 500 square feet.
In the non-turf area, there need to be at least 80% of native plants, low water using plants, or no-water using plants. The roof top should be decorated with eating cafes and kiosks, such as sushi bars.
The building will be a single large room resembling a warehouse. It will be filled with cafes, mini-kitchens, and comfy break spaces. Are you impatiently waiting to see how the Gehry-created Facebook campus turns out to be?