Facebook unveils plans for new campus in US

27 August 2012 (Last Updated August 27th, 2012 18:30)

Facebook has unveiled plans for a new campus in Menlo Park, California, US, to be designed by the Canadian architect Frank Gehry.

Facebook has unveiled plans for a new campus in Menlo Park, California, US, to be designed by the Canadian architect Frank Gehry.

The new single-storey building will be spread over an area of 420,000ft², the equivalent of eight football fields.

The building will house 3,400 engineers and will feature various cafes, a restaurant, meeting space and a rooftop garden.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the idea is to make one giant room that fits thousands of people, all close enough to collaborate together.

"The roof of the building will be a park that blends into the community with a long walking trail, a field and lots of places to sit," Zuckerberg said.

"From the outside it will appear as if you’re looking at a hill in nature."

Initial plans for the new campus included four different buildings but Gehry consolidated them into a single structure which will prevent it from looking like a warehouse or hangar by having angled walls that zig-zag along the length of the building.

Construction of the new building is anticipated to start in 2013 and expected to take around two years to complete.

In 2011, Facebook took over the headquarters of Sun Microsystems in Menlo Park, moving from its headquarters in nearby Palo Alto.

After completion of the new campus, Facebook will maintain its current campus and will use an underground tunnel to link the two areas.

The former Sun Microsystems’ campus in the city of Menlo Park features nine buildings with 93,000m² of office space spread across 23ha.