By Newsgram Staff Writer
What started off as a casual venture in a small hostel room has now moved to a 4,30,000 sq ft complex in California. Social networking site Facebook shifted to the sprawling space recently that has been designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry.
The new Facebook building, called MPK 20, boasts of sweeping murals and art installations, along with a nine-acre roof garden.
Fifteen local artists, including famous sculpture-maker Evan Shively, have already contributed to MPK 20 and more are to follow. The roof, about 70 feet up, offers a winding walk through nine acres of complete greenery.
According to architect Gehry, “Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wanted a space that was unassuming, matter-of-fact and cost effective.” Gehry added, “He did not want it overly designed.”
The interior is one giant space – a kind of space that can be used for creative exchange.
“It reinforces our open and transparent culture,” John Tenanes, Facebook Vice President of global real estate, was quoted as saying.
Though it stands on the other side of an expressway, the new building is meant as an extension of the company’s current headquarters.
Whether it is just working in the Number 1 social media company or spending the day at a magnificently breathtaking garden, the 2,800 Facebook employees have yet another reason to hit the “Like” button.