Saturday, August 25, 2012

Facebook's Proposed Campus: Lots Of Open Space

What if it were a four story building with a similar square footage? I think that would bring about greater interaction.

I like the warehouse concept, broadly speaking.

Lots of open space, easy access to food, a huge rooftop garden. So far so good.

I only struggle with why this is a one story building. Also, where is the emphasis on exercise? And the opportunity for naps? Something Arianna Huffington is big on.

The rooftop garden is a good idea, but there are not enough trees around the building. The Apple campus plan has more trees. I am talking about the spaceship.

And there's no big body of water either. That is a minus.

Facebook envisions swanky new digs as shares sink
a single-story, hangar-like building covering 420,000 square feet, or roughly the area of eight football fields combined under one roof..... a tram will shuttle employees back and forth through a tunnel connecting the two work sites. .... the new structure will have few interior walls and instead resemble a minimalist warehouse with an open layout, so the social network's engineers and designers can easily collaborate on projects .... Scattered around the building will be numerous cafes and a restaurant and a garden will nearly span the entire roof
Facebook Unveils New Campus: Will Workers Be Sick, Stressed and Dissatisfied?
a single room, stretching 10 acres, where everyone will sit in the open with moveable furniture .... “It will be the largest open floor plan in the world,” housing over 2,800 engineers. ..... Open work environments are supposed to foster greater communication and chance meetings, which in turn would lead to more creativity, teamwork and the breakdown of silos. However, many people who work in open environments point out: The increased noise from phone calls and casual conversations impedes their ability to concentrate and focus .... Germs spread more readily and workers are more likely to get sick .... The lack of privacy (whether to take a call or to scratch an itch) increases stress and reduces morale ........ “In 90 per cent of the research, the outcome of working in an open-plan office was seen as negative, with open-plan offices causing high levels of stress, conflict, high blood pressure, and a high staff turnover.” ..... traditional office environments may increase individual wellbeing by 32% and office productivity by 15% .... “Some studies show that employees in open-plan spaces, knowing that they may be overheard or interrupted, have shorter and more-superficial discussions than they otherwise would.” ...... Proximity, Privacy and Permission....... Proximity: Give people plenty of space between each other, but facilitate traffic patterns that result in “run-ins” at shared resources like restrooms, entrances/exits, snack rooms, elevators, etc....... Privacy: Work stations need to be designed to offer visual and acoustic privacy; a cardinal rule is that workers should always be able to see if someone is approaching them. ....... Permission: The corporate culture dictates what is “permissible”; workers need to know to what degree is informal socializing accepted or encouraged, and what is acceptable or not when it comes to interrupting someone who is working
Facebook taps Gehry to design campus expansion
everyone will sit out in the open with desks that can be quickly shuffled around as teams form and break apart around projects ..... "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." ...... Facebook will maintain its current campus and use an underground tunnel to connect the two areas
Guggenheim Architect To Design Facebook HQ’s New 3,400-Employee Tree-Topped Engineering Building
Engineers will hack away in one giant room, separated from the product and ads teams in the main campus. ..... the idea of taking a stroll through a rooftop tree garden to help your brain work through a tough coding problem sounds pretty awesome
Facebook’s new engineering campus to sport rooftop garden, underground tunnel

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