We all know that the tech giants seem to have some of the coolest offices around the world. We have seen the many articles about the amazing Google offices, and now Facebook has a place to call their own in London. Not only is Facebook’s office exciting in terms of the design itself, but also it is creating 800 jobs in the process, which is great news for the UK’s capital city.
Based bang in the centre of London, the new premises is going to house the largest Facebook engineering team outside of the US. It will also host a new incubator for start-ups, known as the LDN_LAB. Of course, the new office does not mark Facebook’s introduction to London. The social media giant arrived on the scene 10 years ago. However, it’s presence is clearly getting bigger and bigger, meaning that by the end of the year, Facebook’s UK workforce will be 2,300 employees.
So, what is the office itself like and where can you find it? It is in Rathbone Place, which is just off the bustling shopping area of Oxford Street. The office is 247,000 square foot in size, and it has a public square, called Rathbone Square, and seven floors. Architect Frank Gehry designed it. Frank Gehry is a Canadian-born American architect who has an outstanding reputation in the industry. His works have been deemed some of the most vital works of contemporary architecture. Some of his best-known works include the Vitra Design Museum, the New World Center in Miami Beach, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA and Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum. With that in mind, it is of little surprise that the opening attracted such attention, with Chancellor Phillip Hammond being one of the many that were in attendance.
You may be wondering what sort of work is going to be going on in these new offices. Well, Facebook has already revealed that some of the work on its virtual reality platform, Oculus, will be going on here.Workplace is another program that will be getting attention at Rathbone Place. Workplace is an offshoot of Facebook that is designed for companies and their employees. Aside from this, numerous start-ups will be hosted at the new LDN_LAB, whereby Facebook provides guidance on business growth and launch success.