Frank Gehry tops Facebook HQ expansion with a 3.6-acre rooftop park

September 19, 2018 by  
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Facebook recently unveiled a peek inside MPK 21, its newest campus building designed by Frank Gehry and built in less than 18 months. Created as an extension to its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, this striking addition blurs the distinction between the indoors and outdoors with its massive walls of glass, sheltered courtyard and expansive 3.6-acre rooftop garden — named The Town Square — planted with 40-foot-tall redwood trees. In addition to its abundance of plant life, the building is also designed to meet green standards and is expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Located on a formerly unoccupied industrial site, MPK 21 connects to MPK 20 — another Facebook building also designed by Frank Gehry that opened in 2015 — via an amphitheater -style courtyard called The Bowl. The building houses offices with open workspaces, designed to promote collaboration between teams, as well as quiet areas for focused work. Employees traverse the length of the building with a single walkway, which also connects to five dining areas and a 2,000-person event and meeting space with state-of-the-art A/V technology. Artists from Facebook’s Artist in Residence Program were commissioned to create 15 art installations for MPK 21. “The building was designed to promote teamwork and allow our people to do their best work,” said John Tenanes, Facebook’s VP of Global Facilities and Real Estate, in a press release. “MPK 21 is designed to reduce impact on the environment and enhance employee well-being. The building encourages active engagement inside and outside of the building with pedestrian walkways, access to various outdoor areas, visible stairways and flexible work stations. The physical infrastructure is designed to reduce water, energy  and waste as well.” Related: Facebook signs Frank Gehry to design two more buildings for their California campus The LEED Platinum -targeted building is powered by 1.4 MW of photovoltaic solar roof tiles, which can generate nearly 2 million kWH of electricity a year. Approximately 17 million gallons of water will be saved annually thanks to a reclaimed water system, while the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours is minimized with an abundance of bird-friendly glazing. Facebook also enrolled in Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 energy option to further reduce its carbon footprint. + Frank Gehry Via Dezeen Images via Facebook

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New Jersey College Reduces Energy Costs and Bird Fatalities with CollidEscape Window Film

July 30, 2014 by  
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Most of know by now that tens of millions of birds die every year from window collisions , but only recently have architects and designers begun to address this devastating issue on both residential and commercial structures.  Atlantic Cape Community College, Cape May County Campus , has implemented a simple-yet-innovative solution to reduce bird deaths, and it just happens to curb escalating cooling costs in the process: a bird-friendly film called CollidEscape  can be installed over glass, which is generally both highly reflective, and heat conducting . Glass treated with the film appears opaque to birds’ eyes, but is transparent from the inside. It also insulates the glass so it doesn’t heat up, thus reducing the need for increased air conditioning use. It’s a brilliant solution to two major issues, and can be implemented on any existing building. + American Bird Conservancy + CollidEscape The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bird , bird collisions , bird deaths , bird fatalities , Bird-Friendly glass , birds , collide , CollidEscape , collisions , energy saving , glass , glass buildings , glass cover , glass covering , glass film , migrating bird death , migrating birds , migration fatalities , save birds , save the birds

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Scientists Finally Create Bird-Friendly Glass!

May 15, 2014 by  
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Nearly one billion birds die from collisions with glass buildings every year, but now scientists have finally developed glass panels with vertical stripes that birds can see. Ornilux panels are particularly effective thanks to their patterned, ultraviolet reflective coating. Albeit invisible to humans, birds can see the panels as they fly by and are therefore less likely to fly into them. Read the rest of Scientists Finally Create Bird-Friendly Glass! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Bird Conservancy , arnold glas , bird protection , Bird-Friendly Architecture , bird-friendly design , Bird-Friendly glass , deadly glass birds , glass birds , ORNILUX Bird Protection Glass , save birds

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September 11 Memorial Museum Ribbon Cutting Takes Place in New York City

May 15, 2014 by  
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After overcoming numerous obstacles from financial woes to flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, New York was finally able to cut the ribbon on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum this morning. President Obama was joined by 9/11 survivors, victims’ families and responders in Lower Manhattan to dedicate the museum ahead of its official opening next week. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 9/11 Museum , 911 memorial museum , 911 memorial museum dedication , barack obama , eco design , green design , National September 11 Memorial & Museum , Sept 11 , snohetta , sustainable design

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