Mark Zuckerberg looks over a 3-D model of the new Facebook West expansion by Frank Gehry (seated), which will start being built early next year.
Innovative architect Frank Gehry is designing a 10-acre, one-room building for Facebook West with pop-up pavilions and a glass-partitioned space in the middle for chief executive and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The new 420,000-square-foot building won't have private offices or cubicles but instead be open plan, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. The project will begin early 2013.
It's hard to visualize an office a quarter-mile long with 26-foot-high ceilings, but Gehry assured reporters that would be the case. He will also organize the space into "neighborhoods" or work benches. The pop-up pavilions are called war rooms, while the glass-partitioned space at the center for Zuckerberg isn't called anything at all.
Gehry is known for gleaming metal palaces such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, so this design seems a little different for him. But Gehry said that a good designer is about knowing one's client.