Frank Gehry, the genius architect who designed the Wall Disney Concert Hall or the curve perverted one-trick pony who litters beautiful cities with Toontown buildings because he can’t draw a straight line anymore (depending on your perspective), is going to be designing Facebook’s new engineering office building. You don’t even need to know architecture to know Gehry, he’s an icon. This is a good thing because it proves Facebook has taste. But a horrible thing because its taste is so generically terrible.
Look, having Gehry design your building isn’t the worst thing in the world. He’s done some great work, he’s one of the most famous architects ever and people really “like” his stuff. Screw the vanilla boxes! Let’s live in a world on mushrooms. But just because someone with a big name decides to design deranged buildings inspired by the aftermath of a Michael Bay movie, it doesn’t mean you have to like them. Or that they’re any good.
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. 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.