Social media brand Meta (formerly Facebook Company) has opened the first of two offices in London’s Kings Cross district with a beautiful roof garden and terrace.
The 11-21 Canal Reach office, opened after three years of construction and maintenance, was designed by Bennetts Associates and marks the beginning of Meta’s “expanded presence” at King’s Cross.
This is followed by a second building designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. This building will be occupied by Meta later this spring.
The 39,500-square-meter 11-21 Canal Reach is King’s Cross Estate’s largest office building. Designed by Bennett Associates to promote local biodiversity and staff well-being, it features a beautiful 3,900-square-meter roof garden and terrace.
“Surrounded by a rooftop park with stunning skyline views, 11-21 Canal Reach offers more than 400,000 square feet of office space with the flexibility Meta needs,” said Julian Lipscombe, director of Bennetts Associates. I am.
“This latest scheme, which further deepens our proud relationship with King’s Cross, has a strong presence in the cityscape and refocuses on sustainability, which makes it concrete compared to standard industry practices. Reduced carbonized carbon levels by 30%. “
“Despite the pandemic issues, the Master Plan was able to provide the largest building ever, which is a testament to a good project team,” says Lipscombe.
According to King’s Cross Estate, the office is also one of the estate’s smallest carbon buildings per square foot.
Both this building and the second meta-office will be connected to the Kings Cross District Energy Network, powered by renewable energy sources.
London is Meta’s largest hub outside the United States. The new office will house the company’s engineering team working on Instagram, Reality Labs (a team of Meta focused on virtual reality and augmented reality), Workplace, Ads and Business Products.
King’s Cross’s second meta-office, 10 Lewis Cubitt Square, was designed by Allford Hall Monaham Morris, built by Kiel, and covers an area of 18,200 square meters over nine floors.
It features a number of terraces, including a wraparound terrace on the 5th floor, and there is retail space on the 1st floor when Meta occupies it in the second half of spring.
Simon Allford, Executive Director of Allford Hall Monaham Morris, said:
“Large floorboards of sufficient height create a flexible working environment and are connected by distinctive common parts defined by the strategic use of sturdy linings and exposed concrete elements,” Allford added. rice field.
“10 Lewis Cubitt Square is an important part of the Kings Cross Central Master Plan and serves as a civic background for the public Lewis Cubitt Square.”
When both 11-21 Canal Reach and 10 Lewis Cubitt Square are used, Meta will occupy more than 57,600 square meters of commercial space in King’s Cross and will install workstations for 5,000 staff in the area.
The Facebook Company changed its name to Meta in November 2021 and adapted its logo to an infinite loop similar to the letter M.
The opening of the office is the second recent Bennett Associates project launched at King’s Cross, following King’s Cross Sports Hall in Cross Laminated Timber.
The photo is courtesy of Meta.