Friday 20 April 2018

First blood to Facebook in office wars

BATTLE lines have been drawn. As this newspaper reported several weeks ago, Facebook is moving into new offices in the Dublin docklands area – and preparing to take on Google for the title of Coolest Office In Ireland. The social network has hired none other than world-famous architect Frank Gehry to design the interior of its new building on Grand Canal Square.

Mr Gehry (above) is best known for buildings like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. He first started working with Facebook last year on the design of its new Silicon Valley campus – and is still working on that project, after being asked to "tone down" his original design.

We await with interest to see what he'll come up with for the 11,000sqm Dublin space, which has capacity for up to 1,000 employees. The headquarters of its closest rival boasts oversized furniture, themed floors and light displays, among other things, so we have high expectations.

But the real winner here, even more than Mr Gehry's bank manager, is NAMA chief executive Brendan McDonagh. He took the difficult decision to advance the funds that allowed construction on the building to finish.

Irish Independent

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