Back in 2012, Mark Zuckerberg, had his choice of any architect on the planet to design Facebook’s new complex in Palo Alto (the former Sun Microsystems complex) and he went with perhaps today’s brightest starchitect: the polarizing Frank Gehry. In fact, I compared PFG (Polarizing Frank Gehry, stay with me here) to the polarizing Kobe Bryant a couple years ago when Zuckerberg made the announcement. Well, today, I get to see if my skepticism rises or falls after the first preview images are revealed of the Gehry-designed Facebook campus.
Gehry has a larger canvas to work with here — 435,000 square feet, spread across 22 acres (or by my metric, 433,300 square feet more than the Gowhere office). Consequently, he’s not solely designing his signature deconstructivist facades and instead we see the vast rooftop greenery as one of the campuses’ first highlights. It is hard to really see the details otherwise, but I come away that Gehry is not duplicating the crude curves and angles after this first glimpse. I also hope he stays away from titanium. Been there, done that, amirite?
My favorite of the new pictures?
This one below, that I pulled out of the gallery above, just so you can see how grand this model is. Wow. Nothing short of amazing.
My favorite detail?
My mistake. The post title should actually read: “New images of Frank Gehry’s Facebook City”.
When will Facebook Campus be completed?
Says SF Gate, Spring, 2015 — and that’s when we’ll get to see where Facebook Campus stands in PFG’s legacy.