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Facebook Commissions Frank Gehry to Design New Green Menlo Park Campus

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 28, 2012 01:05 AM
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by Lea Bogdan last modified Aug 27, 2012

Facebook just announced a huge expansion to their Menlo Park campus, and the company has commissioned Prizker-Prize winning starchitect Frank Gehry – best known for his shiny, titanium-clad icons of blobitecture – to design the expansion. Even more surprising is that we’ve seen the designs, and so far they don’t appear to include Gehry’s trademark [...]




 

 

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Facebook just announced a huge expansion to their Menlo Park campus, and the company has commissioned Prizker-Prize winning starchitect Frank Gehry – best known for his shiny, titanium-clad icons of blobitecture – to design the expansion. Even more surprising is that we’ve seen the designs, and so far they don’t appear to include Gehry’s trademark incomprehensible piles of titanium curves. The proposed design is quite eco-friendly, with a massive park-like, tree and grass-lined green roof featuring benches and a walking trail! In addition, Facebook submitted proposals to the city to allow its planned new workforce of 6,000 to travel between old and new campuses to via a tunnel designed for pedestrian and bike traffic. Perhaps an eco architect like Bill McDonough might have been a better pick to design the giant green roof, but it seems Facebook was going for icon status here, as few architects are better known than Frank Gehry.

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