The Town That Facebook Built


By John Tenanes, VP Global Facilities and Real Estate Facebook

As Facebook grows its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, we strive to create a unique workplace and be a good neighbor. Today we’re sharing details about our latest completed project, a new building we call MPK 21.

Designed by Frank Gehry and built in less than 18 months, MPK 21 is a highly sustainable building with a 3.6-acre rooftop garden featuring over 200 trees and a half-mile meandering pathway. We also brought the outdoors into the office space: The Town Square is a sheltered green space with 40-foot-tall redwood trees, and The Bowl is an amphitheater-style courtyard that connects MPK 21 with another Gehry-designed building, MPK 20.

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.