I got a brief tour of Facebook’s new headquarters in Menlo Park, California today. The company took over the old Sun Microsystems building (there are still conference rooms with the Sun logo on the glass door) and it’s in the process of turning the sprawling campus into a home for its more than 2,000 employees. There remains a lot of work to do before it’s a homey place, but that’s definitely the plan.
Bloomberg said that the 1 million square-foot campus is undergoing a $250 million renovation. As you walk around, you see lots of open space. Even Mark Zuckerberg won’t have a walled-off office though he will have his own conference room (as he did in the former HQ). And while there are still plenty of conference rooms for the rest of the staff, there’s also a lot of public space where people can sit down with their laptops and/or their colleagues much as they might at a coffee shop.
I’ve been visiting Facebook since they had a floor two in a small office building across from the Miyake sushi bar on University Avenue in Palo Alto. They’ve come a long way in a short time.
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