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Facebook Begins Move Into New 430,000-Square-Foot Campus

Aerial view of Facebook's new headquarters shows off the building's nine-acre roof-top park.

Facebook has a new home.

The social network’s employees have begun to move into the company’s new headquarters — a 430,000 square-foot building that comes complete with a nine-acre park on its roof featuring trees, walking trails and many outdoor spaces to sit and work.

Known as MPK 20, the facility, which is still located in Menlo Park, California, can house up to 2,800 people.

The building, designed by Gehry Partners, has the largest open floor plan in the world — a single room that accommodates thousands of people.

“Our goal was to create the perfect engineering space for our teams to work together,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “We wanted our space to create the same sense of community and connection among our teams that we try to enable with our services across the world.”

Zuckerberg, in a Facebook post, described the new headquarters as “pretty simple,” adding that it “isn’t fancy.”

“We want our space to feel like a work in progress,” he said. “When you enter our buildings, we want you to feel how much left there is to be done in our mission to connect the world.”

Facebook first announced its plans for a new office in August 2012.

Everett Katigbak, the company’s environmental design manager, said at that time that Facebook planned to maintain its current campus and would use an underground tunnel to connect the two building.

“Just like we do now, everyone will sit out in the open with desks that can be quickly shuffled around as teams form and break apart around projects,” he wrote in a blog post. “There will be cafes and lots of micro-kitchens with snacks so that you never have to go hungry.  And we’ll fill the building with break-away spaces with couches and whiteboards to make getting away from your desk easy.”

So far, only one picture of the new campus has been posted, although Zuckerberg has promised to post more once the transition is complete.

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  • Facebook, which recently beat Google to be the most-visited site of 2010, has bought Sun’s old campus in Menlo Park, as a part of rapid expansion spree by the social networking giant. The rise of Facebook has been quite explosive in the past couple of years.

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