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Frank Gehry to design New York offices for Facebook

Frank Gehry to design New York offices for Facebook

News: Facebook has announced that Frank Gehry will design a new office in New York for its engineering team.

The collaboration with Frank Gehry, who is also working on Facebook's new Silicon Valley campus, was announced in a note posted on the company's website by Serkan Piantino, site director for Facebook New York's engineering team.

He said the new offices would "share many of the features of [Facebook's] headquarters, but will be distinctly Big Apple in design and speak to the unique experience of working in a place like Manhattan."

Gehry's design will provide employees with "big, open spaces for people to work and collaborate, and lots of room for conference rooms and cozy spaces where people can meet or grab a white board to talk through ideas on a whim," Piantino added.

Frank Gehry designs new Facebook headquarters
Frank Gehry is also working on Facebook's new Silicon Valley headquarters, set to be the largest open-plan office in the world

The 9300-square-metre office will cover two floors of an existing building in the city, reported to be 770 Broadway in lower Manhattan, which is currently home to companies including AOL and the Huffington Post.

Scheduled for early 2014, the move will double the size of the firm's engineering offices, which are currently based at 335 Madison Avenue, and will also accommodate sales, marketing, communications and design teams.

Gehry was announced as the designer of Facebook's Menlo Campus in Silicon Valley last August, but was recently asked to revise his design to make it more anonymous.

Other projects by Gehry in New York include a plywood-panelled theatre at the base of the city's Signature Center tower, and the rippling New York by Gehry tower.

Dezeen was in New York recently as part of our Dezeen and MINI World Tour, where designer Stephen Burks took us on a tour of New York's new high-profile architecture and explained how the city's inhabitants are becoming more interested in quality of life.

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