Facebook’s Menlo Park Campus Now Has A New, Frank Gehry-Designed Building

MPK 21 boasts a 3.6-acre rooftop garden

MPK 21 on Facebook's campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook

Facebook unveiled MPK 21, a new building at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

MPK 21 was designed by architect Frank Gehry, and the building was completed in less than 18 months.

The new facility features a 3.6-acre rooftop garden with more than 200 trees and a half-mile meandering pathway.

Town Square is a sheltered green space with 40-foot-tall redwood trees. Facebook vice president of global facilities and real estate John Tenanes and Gehry are pictured below in Town Square.

And The Bowl is an amphitheater-style courtyard that connects MPK 21 with another Gehry-designed building, MPK 20.

Tenanes wrote in a Newsroom post, “Inside is an open workspace designed to foster collaboration between teams, as well as quiet areas for focused work. A single pathway runs the length of the building. Along this path are five unique dining options, 15 art installations commissioned through our artist-in-residence Program and a 2,000-person event and meeting space with state-of-the-art A/V technology. The building was designed to promote teamwork and allow our people to do their best work.”

He added that MPK 21 “encourages active engagement inside and outside of the building” with its pedestrian walkways, access to outdoor areas, visible stairways and flexible work stations.

Some 17 million gallons of water will be saved annually by the new building’s reclaimed water system, according to Tenanes, and the 1.4 megawatts of photovoltaic solar panels on MPK 21’s roof will generate nearly 2 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. He added, “We enrolled in Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 energy option to reduce our carbon footprint, helping Menlo Park reach its climate action goals. The building is also designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.”

Regarding the surrounding community, Tenanes wrote, “We continue to work on creating equitable employment opportunities for our neighbors, such as through our local talent program, Access, and our partnership with nonprofit workforce development program Year Up. We’re exploring the feasibility of reopening the Dumbarton Transportation Corridor as a way to reduce roadway congestion for everyone. And we will keep making contributions that are responsive to what residents and local leaders tell us they need, such as a $20 million fund to create affordable housing, economic opportunity and tenant assistance.”

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.