Facebook announced today their new building that was recently completed (in under 18 months), titled MPK 21. The building was designed by architect Frank Gehry.
The building features a 3.6-acre rooftop garden which has a half-mile pathway surrounded by over 200 trees.
The building was designed to encourage teamwork with open workspaces for faster easier collaboration between teams, along with quieter areas for secluded work. Dining options and a large event and meeting space with advanced A/V technology are available via a single path that runs the length of MPK 21.
The building is also designed to be green, with a recycled water system (estimated to save about 17 million gallons a year), fritted windows to keep birds from hitting them, and a solar paneled roof. (estimated to generate about 2 million kilowatt hours a year). Facebook also enrolled in Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 energy option to reduce their carbon footprint.
The new building, MPK 21, is connected to the old building via “the Bowl.” The Bowl is a courtyard inbetween MPK 21 and MPK 20.
Along with the MPK 21 building, Facebook also intents to build a “mixed-use village” called “Willow Campus”, which intends to offer community services such as a grocery store and pharmacy, along with housing and transit options.