The world’s largest social media network is expanding into a new 227,324-square-foot building with interiors designed by architect Frank Gehry and where Mark Zuckerberg could potentially have a desk among its 2,000 employees in the massive new open floor plan. “The whole idea here is that, by having an open floor plan where people work close to each other, it facilitates people sharing and communicating about what they’re doing, which enables better collaboration, which we think is key to building the best services for our community,” the CEO of Facebook explains.
Robert Cookson, head of EMEA, APAC and Americas Real Estate at Facebook, said: “The move to our new offices at One Rathbone Square highlights our commitment to invest and grow our talented teams of people based in London, from engineering and analytics to partnerships and design, who help us connect over a billion people on Facebook across the world. TY is one of the latest Facebook partnerships to be announced this year (2016). “This is a fantastic opportunity to occupy a high quality new development in the heart of the West End. The location has excellent amenities and connectivity, with the very best the city has to offer right on the doorstep including Crossrail once it is established.”
The social networking giant had been scouring the capital for a site capable of holding its sizeable staff. Its chosen destination is an under-construction project for Great Portland Estates on a 1 hectare site close to Oxford Street. What is less widely known is that Frank Gehry’s practice is under contract for the interiors and will work with TYUK to create innovative counter and brew bar designs worthy of this impressive commission. The practice has already delivered a 40,000m2 building for Facebook with ‘the largest open floor plan in the world’ in California’s Silicon Valley.
Intro to TY
TY received numerous industry awards in 2014 including Best Independent in the UK, Best Espresso in the UK, and Best Independent in Europe, as well as London’s Best Coffee Shop for Out-of-Office Workers.
In 2015 TY was recognised as Best Independent Operator of the Year and presented with the UK Independent Coffee Shop of the Year Gold Award.
In 2016 TY was announced as Top Independent Fundraiser for UK Coffee Week and won a Cafe Design Award, and for the second year running, the Independent Coffee Shop of the Year Award.
Ruth Coppin, the company’s founder and her co-founder, Darren Elliott, continue to refine the TY offering with an emphasis on building a solid community of loyal customers, creative workers and local independent suppliers. Creativity and collaboration is at the centre of all their key relationships. TY is more than its physical workspace and coffee shop locations; it has a substantial online social presence which makes the synergy with Facebook undeniable.
“Facebook is the first collaborative partnership to be announced under ‘TY Collab’ and we’re incredibly excited”, says Ruth. “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to innovate bigger than ever before and Facebook has been keen to support and encourage our creative initiatives. We also see this as a chance to look at our social impact with a percentage from every drink being donated to charities close to our hearts”.
TY has exciting expansion plans that include opening more coffee-infused creative workspaces for the public and early stage businesses, as well as additional ‘TY Collab’ partnerships following the Facebook launch in 2017.
TY Facebook is open to all Facebook employees and their authorised guests only.