Facebook Taps Gehry for Menlo Park Project

Facebook is further expanding its presence in Menlo Park, with the social network revealing plans to develop a large plot of land it acquired back in 2014. The tech giant relocated to the Silicon Valley city back in 2011 and has since undertaken an extensive campaign of making its mark on the local community. The company announced that it will be working on the plans for the new expansion with Frank Gehry, the same architect that handled the design of Facebook’s recently opened MPK 20 facility.

Facebook is detailing plans for a 58-acre site it acquired last year in Menlo Park. The social media giant announced that a 985,719-square-foot, two-building expansion will be designed by Frank Gehry, who also designed Facebook’s recently completed MPK 20 facility. The expansion will feature a design scheme similar to MPK 20, while a green roof is also a possibility.

The project’s first phase, Building 21, will offer 523,233 square feet of office space, along with a large amount of green space. Phase two, to be known as Building 22, will be slightly smaller at 462,486 square feet. Development will begin following the removal of nine buildings at the site.

As the San Jose Mercury News reported, Facebook’s future plans include the conversion of a 184,460-square-foot industrial facility into an office building that would be known as Building 23. Also planned are a bridge over Bayfront Expressway that would serve pedestrians and cyclists and a 200-key hotel in Menlo Park.