Mark Zuckerberg enlists Frank Gehry for new Facebook HQ

Frank Gehry is as polarizing an architect to me as Kobe Bryant is to die-hard basketball fans. To put it simply, I have a love/hate relationship with his designs. I love his abstract shapes and use of materials (my favorites: the hometown’s Millennium Park and my 2nd hometown’s Weisman Art Museum), but ‘hate’ the relative box he stays in with both (albeit 8 Spruce Street was that step forward for me). Hate is too harsh of a word really; Gehry’s designs may not always spark my curiosity, but I appreciate the immense impact of his designs in architecture. And apparently, I’m not alone as 28-year-old Facebook CEO shares the same appreciation. He can better illustrate it with a check followed by multiple zeros that was most certainly given to Gehry to design the new addition to Facebook HQ in their Menlo Park, California dwelling.

The good folks at ArchDaily couldn’t have put it better:

Gone from the building will be Gehry’s flashy ways of manipulating sheets of metal, and the resulting superfluous sense of affluence often emitted from these grand structures. Rather, Gehry’s work for Facebook will offer an ”equalizier”, a massive one story warehouse measuring 420,000 sqf, to house the company’s future 2,800 engineers with the underlying intention of fostering a comfortable environment to allow Facebook to keep getting better.

More info and pics can be found via AD and we can expect to see construction begin in the spring of 2013. What do you think of the design given what you can see in the slideshow above?

Nettleton 198 | SAOTA

I’m excited to introduce a fresh Architecture section to the blog as, wait for it… fun fact… I actually have a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!). So architecture, and design in general, is still a strong inspiration to me, and many, to think creatively. Architecture is continually cited by many musicians (Kanye West comes to mind… remember his blog?) as an influence in their art; in a lot of subtle ways, architecture is an influence in the website you see before you, Gowhere Hip Hop. I’m excited to spotlight some new and existing projects across the world – some all-time and future *Tibs Favs. (so to speak, hah!) that catch my eye. Hope you enjoy.

For starters, I’m spotlighting a new, 6-bedroom house in Cape Town, South Africa titled ‘Nettleton 198’ – designed by one of my favorite firms SAOTA (I’ve blogged about them on my personal tumblr page a couple times). As you can browse in the slideshow above, there are some gorgeous views and the overall design adapts to the existing site so the user can experience the natural features from within the house. In general, I love the incorporation of water, open views, wide and large glass windows… Nettleton has it all. And most definitely, this gorgeous structure is on the short list of my ‘Tibs’ Future Places to Live In’ text file, hah. More info and pics via ArchDaily.