Plans for new Facebook HQ by Frank Gehry revealed

Facebook HQ designed by Frank Gehry (Facebook Communications)

Facebook HQ designed by Frank Gehry (Facebook Communications)

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Images of Facebook's future home, a rolling 22-acre campus designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, have been released.

Mark Zuckerberg's firm acquired the complex, which formerly belonged to Sun Microsystems, in 2011. The Palo Alto site in California will now be transformed into the social media giant's new HQ, set to be completed in the spring of 2015.

The new images show that Gehry's plan for the site will be incredibly green, featuring vast rooftop gardens and plenty of open space. The four main buildings themselves are discreet yet contemporary in form and include entire glass walls to make the most of the site's natural light.

Gehry has designed a campus which dips and rises from 45 to 73 feet (13-22 metres), the Business Insider reports. The entire project sits atop a surface-level parking lot.

Seen from above, the structure resembles a park more than the strikingly contemporary architectural forms Gehry is known for. The design is quite different from the Pritzker Prize-winner's best-known works such as the Guggenheim Bilbao or the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.


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