Described as a “growth space” that will allow the company to expand their European presence, the new headquarters would span four buildings in King’s Cross Central – the same part of the city where Google is building its own 11-story “groundscraper” campus designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studios.
For the design, Facebook is said to be tapping Gehry Partners to fit out two buildings designed by Bennetts Associates and scheduled to complete next year, as well as potentially design a new standalone building on an adjacent plot.
This would not be the first collaboration between Facebook and Gehry, as the Los Angeles-based architect was also hired to complete the company’s central headquarters in Menlo Park, California. If reports are accurate, the King’s Cross campus would surpass that facility’s current size by a significant margin, with 700,000 square feet of total floor space as opposed to the 430,000 square feet found at the Silicon Valley HQ. That campus, however, is also slated for a massive expansion, with plans announced last summer to expand the campus into a new mixed-use neighborhood master planned by OMA.
According to the Times, the King’s Cross development is scheduled to be completed between 2020 and 2024.
Google has submitted the design for its new London office to Camden Council for planning approval. Designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio, the 11-story "groundscraper" design will be located in King's Cross, and will combine with their existing office at 6 Pancras Square and a third, forthcoming building to create a campus for up to 7,000 Google employees.
Heatherwick Studio has received approval to realize a new shopping area at King's Cross in London. By 2018, the practice will transform the city's 1850 historic Coal Drops Yard buildings intoan "eclectic mix" of 65 boutique and destination shops and restaurants.
Bennetts Associates has revealed plans for the latest development in London's King's Cross. Their proposal for a sensitive heritage conversion to "breath new life into a disused Victorian building" will house a new supermarket and cookery school, as well as an events and cultural space.
Earlier today, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted an announcement onto his own Facebook page that the company had moved into its brand new, 430,000-square foot Frank Gehry-designed headquarters. In the post, Zuckerberg offers a photo of the building from above, showing off its 9 acre green roof, with a promise of interior images - of what is essentially the building's giant, single room - "once we're fully unpacked."