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A novel rooftop landscape atop the new Facebook building in Menlo Park fosters creativity and community. Photo: Carol Moholt

Some of today’s most modern and profitable companies recognize the importance of integrating the landscape into the work environment.  The new Facebook building designed by Frank Gehry (who also had significant input on planning the garden), takes a unique approach by shifting the landscape from the ground plane to an accessible roof built over a sprawling single-story building that fills the entire lot. Last fall I was invited to tour the project in Menlo Park.

From personal experience working in or visiting large corporate buildings, I find it interesting how landscaping goals have changed in recent years. It used to be the ideal was to provide employees with a view—that is if one was lucky enough to have an office with a window. Or the public face of a corporate landscape, rarely visited by those who worked there, consisted of pathways through ornamental plantings surrounding the building designed to make a grand statement—or hide parking structures. Facebook flipped that notion ...

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