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So Long, Madison Avenue: Facebook Moving New York Employees to Frank Gehry-Designed East Village Office

770 Broadway. (Photo: vnony.com)

As Facebook expands in New York, it’s doing it in a very fanciful manner. A company spokeswoman told Betabeat that its new office space at 770 Broadway will be designed by starchitect Frank Gehry with “open floor plans, natural lighting, and an emphasis on space for collaboration.” And probably zero straight lines.

The new outpost is double the size of Facebook’s current office on 335 Madison Ave., which will be shuttered. The entirety of FBNY will move in early 2014 into the spacious 100,000 square feet space in the Village where it will house people from sales, marketing, engineering, design, marketing, and communications. Facebook will be sharing elevators with Aol/Huffington Post, Billboard Magazine, and J. Crew and its lease term is for 10 years. Read More

It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It

Facebook Basically Hired Frank Gehry to Build Zuck a Hobbit Hole in Palo Alto

Basically. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Facebook wants to expand its West Coast footprint, with a spacious new facility–designed by no less than starchitect Frank Gehry himself–just across the expressway from its current HQ. So earlier this week, the San Jose Mercury News reports, the company laid out its plans for the Palo Alto city council’s approval.

Before they could get the thumbs up, Facebook had to reassure the city fathers that they didn’t want to erect some shiny architectural marvel that’d loom futuristically over the Silicon Valley skyline. Mr. Gehry’s creative partner, Craig Webb, told them that Zuck himself requested a “low-key” design: Read More