On Tuesday, May 5th our team was part of a tour at Facebook’s New York City Headquarters, hosted by CoreNet Global’s Young Leaders. Facebook’s offices, located at 770 Broadway in Manhattan, take up space on the 2nd, 7th and 8th floors of the building that also houses tenants like J. Crew, AOL, Huffington Post and Structure Tone. Like their campus in California, the offices here in New York were designed by the iconic Frank Gehry and feature many of the same design elements that the campus has, such as the industrial finishes on the ceilings of the office.
Like many creative and entrepreneurial spaces, Facebook has developed a reputation for having really interesting offices that are cool, unique, and memorable. While touring the space, our team took notice of several key workplace trends that we think show that Facebook has their finger on the pulse of creating special and effective spaces. Check out the photos and trends at Facebook NY below:
Branding & Culture
From the moment you walk into the space, you know you are in Facebook’s office. Whether it’s integrating their signature blue color of their logo or the logo itself throughout the floors, the organization both subtly and overtly reminds you where you are. When it comes to having an enviable corporate culture, Facebook consistently lands at the top of many “Dream Companies to Work For” lists (like coming in at #23 on this 2015 Business Insider list), mostly because of the corporate culture and awesome perks the company provides. While on the tour, we passed several “raw” areas that are intentionally left unfinished to encourage employees to make the space their own, whether it be through creating unique artwork on white walls or incorporating interesting photos or finishes.
Health and Wellbeing
One of the only “standard” aspects about the space is the furniture for each and every workstation, which is height-adjustable. With so many companies understanding the health benefits of height-adjustable tables and the importance of changing postures throughout the day, many of them are also incorporating these workstations into their corporate wellness programs. This is the case at Facebook, where their new spaces include the height-adjustable desks automatically, and the older spaces are encouraged to be retrofitted with these technologies. Facebook NY has an open floor plan for the associate workstations, and features a “path” around the perimeter, which we saw is used as a type of track for their team to walk around throughout the day to get both blood and creativity flowing. In addition, employees are encouraged to use an open staircase that connects the 7th and 8th floors instead of the elevators in the building.
Collaboration & Breakout Areas
Facebook features many different breakout areas for their team to choose the environment in which they want to work. These areas include lounges with soft seating, small conference rooms, huddle rooms, photo booths, and more. Because the main campus of the company is located in Northern California, many of the team in the NY office utilize these areas to hold video and conference calls to communicate with teams based out of the main campus. One of the most popular areas of the space was the area featuring a ping pong table, where associates were enjoying a game while getting some work done.
Overall, the vibe of the office was definitely low-key, fun and creative. Our team enjoyed the walkthrough and found that Facebook’s space was representative of many current trends in workplace design. As we were leaving, the Facebook NY team was being treated to a great Cinco de Mayo dinner party – and I’m sure quite a few of our tour group would have loved to stay behind and indulge!