In 2007, Facebook opened their first office in New York. Since then, Facebook New York has grown to more than 2,900 employees and continues to play a central role in the development of a number of the company's global products and technologies.
Today, Facebook New York's office on Broadway sits in the famous John Wanamaker building, a former department store founded by Philadelphian John Wanamaker as his NYC flagship store. The company currently occupies seven floors within the building, a dedicated lobby space and the roof deck. Engineering teams based in this office include: Instagram, News, Messenger, Business Directory, Enterprise Engineering and Web Speed along with the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) team.
The Facebook Art Department houses a number of initiatives that help make art a part of the Facebook employee experience and make the corporate culture feel not-so-corporate. These initiatives include the Artist in Residence (AIR) program. Launched in 2012, the AIR team invites contemporary artists from around the world to use our offices as a canvas — not to simply realize a commission, but to be who they are and make the work that they make, taking risks and sharing messages they feel are important to our community.
Artist-in-Residence Trevor Croop created A love letter to New York, a light-activated mural that depicts monuments and architecture from the local neighborhood and all over the world, intending to transport us into a space beyond their conscious and constructed experience. As you draw closer to the wall and capture an image with your camera flash, the invisible glass coating gives you a glimpse of the city beyond the walls of the office space.
Here is a photo with the flash and the city view.
Over the summer, Facebook New York opened up this floor, and when they designed the space, the team had been dreaming of doing something completely different and unique from any other FB Cafe in the world. Introducing... Kung Food! An Asian Brasserie concept, open for lunch daily, rotating through different Asian cuisines every month.
The "What's on your mind" Wall is a long-standing Facebook tradition that lives in every Facebook office. It's become a collection of autographs, inspirational quotes, funny messages and well wishes. This particular wall in FBNY includes photos of a recent group of summer interns.
Facebook's Analog Research Lab exists to promote creativity, innovation, openness, and connectivity within our community through art and design. The Lab was founded through passion and hard work, not corporate initiative. Its existence is a reflection of the freedom afforded to employees as well as an example of its hacker spirit.
There are Analog Lab maker spaces in offices around the globe, including this one in Facebook's NYC office. You can learn printmaking and other creative skills. Each represents an opportunity to learn by doing–where you can be a hands-on contributor to Facebook's culture.
Guess which Facebook NY engineering team sits near the "Local" sign? The Location Infrastructure team! They're integral to Facebook family product experiences, and the team unlocks key strategic advantages for the company by powering location-aware products that bring the world closer together. The group is divided between Boston and New York.
In New York, there are two teams which focus on machine learning problems related to detecting duplicates and junk in places data, creating correct polygons for geographical regions, detecting visits to places, and more. The teams service many infrastructure and product teams within the Facebook family.
On a stairwell connecting two floors, Artist in Residence Gabriel Dawe designed ''Plexus C14." The work is made up of bright gradients of over 3,000 threads and was woven over the course of one week, between bars above and below the stairs.
Now based in Dallas, and originally from Mexico City, Gabriel’s site-specific installations are mathematical feats. They explore the relationship between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter and connection. One of Gabriel's initial attractions to thread as a sculptural medium was its ability to subvert gender constructs and expectations.
Artist in Residence Lauren Clay's installation Floating Windows creates hand-marbled paper collage landscapes and photographs them to create a background for sculptural forms in this installation. By distorting the viewer's perception of dimension and materiality, the artist challenges preconceived notions of dimensionality and reality.
Artist in Residence Tegan Brozyna Roberts' installation Borderland pays homage to traditional quilting techniques, and the artist re-uses maps and atlases to highlight that materials inherently retain memory. These modular individual forms come together to create an imagined, colorful landscape.
Artist in Residence Joe Reihsen's installation Double Wide combines spray paint and brush strokes applied to mylar, then collaged onto the painting. Brush strokes are repeated, sliced and drop-shadowed: the same way you might apply filters in a computer. This combination of traditional painting and a digital aesthetic recalls early digital imaging technology.
Artist-in-Residence Rachel Mica Weiss' installation Eroded Topographies is composed of thousands of individually dyed and hung ropes, layered to mimic the risings and faillings of caverns and cliffs.
On the recently opened 10th Floor, Facebook recreated the New York City street food scene for an edible tour of what vendors on the asphalt have to offer. From tacos to halal to BBQ - the Facebook NY team is covered. And since everything goes by in a New York minute, so does the lunch lines!
To compliment the street food scene, the seating area replicates an outdoor park theme, giving Facebookers a chance to grab a meal and a comfortable spot for great lunchtime conversation.
The Interfaith room is intended for prayer, contemplation, meditation, reflection, or any practice for any and all Facebookers with religious and non-religious backgrounds.
Facebook's hacker culture lives throughout the office and across each floor. It's an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete. They just have to go fix it — often in the face of people who say it's impossible or are content with the status quo.
Lots of light and open space at Facebook's FGBG café on the 14th floor. A favorite lunch spot for Facebookers on the go, FBGB features ready-made meals and open seating for more than 200.
The "Love is Love" wall created and designed by several Facebook New York employees who came together to create this installation that both represents the culture and creativity of the company.
High atop the office, Facebookers can leave their desks behind and grab a tree-shaded seat on the roof deck terrace. A favorite spot from Spring until Fall across every engineering team, the scenic views and peaceful vibes provide a great venue to meet with colleagues, work alone or simply take a break from computer screens.
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