Facebook Menlo Park Headquarters

Facebook's headquarter office in Menlo Park, California, designed by Frank Gehry stretches over 10 acres. The building sits above a parking garage and features an immense green roof.


Facebook’s new presents an expansive, open floor plan that thrums with energy, intellect and activity.  To light this space, Herve Descottes struck a delicate balance between accentuating the rawness of an ever-evolving tech company, awhile drawing the eye to creative elements and natural light to provide a more organic atmosphere.


On the office floor, custom fixtures sourced from shipping cranes add an industrial flair, while subtle integrated linear fixtures draw one's eye to the artwork adorning conference room walls.  Throughout, the ceiling is bejeweled by skylights outfitted with a translucent shield, which diffuses the direct natural light coming in and disperses it throughout the room for a more natural ambiance.


The English Garden-modeled roof deck retains a connection with the floor below through recessed skylights that glow like lanterns embedded in the landscape.  Those seeking a bit of fresh air find themselves in a flora-filled escape where all light points are downwards to accentuate the surrounding vegetation. With defined areas of light and shadow, the lighting provides moments of intimacy to all the visitors of this verdant park.    


Answering the multifaceted spirit of this shared creative space, L’Observatoire International’s versatile lighting design complements an architecture that honors both independent thought and collective vision.

Location Menlo Park, California, USA
Date Completed 2015
Architect Gehry Partners, LLP
Client Facebook
Type Offices + Workplace
Status Built

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leader Wei Jien
Project Team Socorro Sperati Alex Miller