It’s no surprise that we use up quite a bit of energy, both physically and electronically, on our social networking! Good thing the helpful leaders at Facebook have taken a stance and are helping ease the carbon footprint of our addiction with their new offices! Their new digs located in Palo Alto owe their innovative design to Studio O+A Architects.
When the 700+ employees of Facebook were each questioned what they would like to see in their new offices, they all showed an unwavering desire to create a green environment. The renovated warehouse is the first commercial project to be completed under Palo Alto’s 2008 green ordinance. Starting with the laboratory shell of high-tech manufacturer Agilent Technologies, the design takes care to salvage several of the architectural features such as millwork, exposed ductwork and structure. The building also features high-recycled content carpet and energy efficient light to keep them running late nights. When the company efficiently combined the 10+ locations into one, they wanted to merge the 700 unique employees while allowing the departments to remain distinct.
‘Neighborhoods’ were created within the sunlit open floor plan through partitions and well placed color. The bright color makes certainly keeps the work environment fun; or is it the dj decks, basketball court and skate park that keep everyone smiling? or round the clock food service? Either way, I feel better than ever about updating my status and taking the time to look through everyone’s weekend photos!
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