Facebook did not hold back. They went all out in every way when it comes to combining aesthetics, environmentally friendly, self sustaining lower energy bill — Green Roof, for their Headquarter’s and compass; in Menlo, CA. If you have not seen it yet, take a look. A 430,000 square feet building that can have almost 3000 people. The green roof is 9 acres of park ON THE ROOF, which is almost 7 football fields. The building is certified U.S Green Building Council.
The green roof has 400 trees. A walkway that is a little over a half a mile. It will includes oak trees, a walking trail, furniture to lounge on, etc. The roof needs minimal maintenance in the long term.
Facebook Started with the project in 2013. The 433,555-square-foot building blends into the landscape, thanks to an extensive green roof that covers most of the very long building. The building was Designed by award-winning architect Frank Gehry, the white stucco building is hidden by landscaping and a green roof. Even though it is 45 feet tall and even rising to 73 feet in some areas.
“Green roofs are the future. There is no ifs and buts about it. I would add green roofs plus solar will be a very affordable choice in less then 40 years.” Said Justin Stanfield from DFW Best Roofing.
“Our intent is that it almost becomes like a hillside, with the landscape really taking the forefront,” Craig Webb, a design partner, told the Mercury News sometime ago.
The massive green roof feels more like a park, deep enough to support oak trees and long enough for a walking trail. Like Google’s new green roof, it includes cafes and kiosks.
The building is being designed to accommodate Facebook’s “engineering culture.”
“It will be a large, one-room building that somewhat resembles a warehouse. 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,” says Facebook. There are no inside pictures anymore.
Menlo Park requires new construction to comply with its Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance, which doesn’t allow lawns bigger than 500 square feet. At least 80 percent of plantings must be native or xeriscape plants — those that need little or no water. Although Gehry, one of the world’s most prominent architects, is known for designing iconic modernist buildings with titanium facades — such as the Guggenheim Museum in Spain — his most recent work includes the biggest green roof of all, Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.
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