You might use it everyday when you're meant to be working, but have you ever wondered what kind of office the Facebook team work in?
Well, it looks something like this. Take a look at the new Facebook Headquarters by Studio O+A.
Facebook recently moved to a new headquarters that encourages interaction and connection, rather like the company's mission for the product it designs. The structure was previously a laboratory facility for high-tech manufacturer Agilent Technologies, but now the 150,000-square-foot structure at Palo Alto’s Stanford Research Park brings together more than 800 employees originally scattered throughout 10 locations in and around downtown Palo Alto.
Taking inspiration from the patchwork nature of Facebook users and employees, the design draws together rather disparate elements to form a cohesive pattern - creating a 'mini - city' within the open plan space.
The company’s executives are located centrally, making them accessible to all employees, whilst large lounges and open spaces provide venues for the community to come together.
The design was also created in consultation with the employees, using Facebook (naturally) to connect everyone together and vote, debate and suggest what they wanted. Admirably, what they did want, was to have a green headquarters.
The facility is the first commercial project completed under Palo Alto’s 2008 Green Building Ordinance, and makes extensive use of existing architectural features, recycling millwork from the original lab, and repurposing industrial components for post-industrial use. Other sustainable features include high recycled-content carpet and energy efficient lighting.
The main design goal for the new facility was to maintain the history and raw aesthetic of the building and create a fun dynamic appropriate for the company’s youthful staff.
Many walls and spaces are left unfinished: employees are encouraged to write on the walls, add artwork, and move furniture as needed, allowing the building to evolve continuously.
M.E. thinks this workspace looks fantastic to work in, informal, eclectic (parts of it look residential in decor) plus the fact you're probably allowed to be on Facebook all day...