How Frank Gehry came to design Facebook's new HQ

How Frank Gehry came to
design Facebook's new HQ

by MARK ZUCKERBERG, Founder & CEO, Facebook | April 8, 2015

I want to share a story as we settle into our new building at Facebook.

When we first announced we were adding a building to our campus, Frank Gehry reached out and asked to design it. He really believes in our mission to connect the world. But even though we all loved his architecture, we initially said no. We figured he would be very expensive and that would send the wrong signal about our culture.

Frank came back to us and said we should go get other bids and that he would beat them all — and he did. As I learned, most building construction wastes a lot of materials and time due to poor planning. Frank has designed special software to assist in his architecture, so he's very efficient.

Collaborative process: Gehry (left) reviews his HQ model with Zuckerberg in 2013. (Photo: Business Insider) 

Collaborative process: Gehry (left) reviews his HQ model with Zuckerberg in 2013. (Photo: Business Insider) 

In the end, our building finished ahead of schedule and under budget. It’s the only construction project I’ve ever heard of achieving this. It ended up costing us much less than any other major developments planned in Silicon Valley and taking way less time to build.

Here's a photo of an early model of the building sitting inside the actual building.

Facebook West Campus: Designed by Gehry Partners LLP and built by Level 10 Construction, the sprawling 430-sq-ft facility opened in 2014 to critical acclaim. Last fall, the project received a Structures Award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal for the region's Best Innovative & Sustainable Design. (Photo: Facebook)

Facebook West Campus: Designed by Gehry Partners LLP and built by Level 10 Construction, the sprawling 430-sq-ft facility opened in 2014 to critical acclaim. Last fall, the project received a Structures Award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal for the region's Best Innovative & Sustainable Design. (Photo: Facebook)

This offering first appeared April 6 as a post on the author's Facebook page.

 

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