On Monday, May 16th, Facebook moved into their new South Lake Union offices at 1101 Dexter Ave. N. The space is a custom-built project designed by Frank Gehry, the notable architect of Seattle’s EMP Museum and other Facebook campuses. It’s a 10-story, 335,000 square foot space that will be the local headquarters for as many as 2,000 Facebook staff, but currently holds the 1,000-plus workforce that’s in the region now.
The new offices were in construction for 10 months, with completion over the past seven. In addition to the interior office space, there is a four-story atrium, full-service kitchen and cafe, coffee bar, gym, and parking for bikes. Quirky meeting spaces, alternative work areas, and snack bars provide the technology-industry standard amenities. There are also eight outdoor decks that are fully landscaped with paths, outdoor seating, and structures like a pergola, offering semi-covered outdoor space.
“We’ve carefully tried to represent the philosophy of Mark Zuckerberg in the spaces that we’ve created. We have worked hard to create a working environment that is helpful to the mission of Facebook; one that is open and flexible to quick change as is required in a business that’s moving as fast as they are moving. We want the company to be in continuous compatibility with its environment,” designer Frank Gehry said.
Before moving to the new South Lake Union offices on Monday, Facebook’s local workforce occupied several floors in the Metropolitan Park towers. “Seattle is really a key part of our long-term mission,” Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, told the Seattle Times.
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