Facebook has confirmed it is moving to a new 120,000 sq-foot office in Grand Canal Square in Dublin’s Silicon Docks which will have the capacity to accommodate 1,000 workers – twice Facebook’s current size in Dublin.
Facebook will be making the short move from its current location in Hanover Quay, where it established its international headquarters in 2009.
The office is the company’s largest operation outside of Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, and is a major source of employment for home-grown talent in Ireland.
Dublin is already home to hundreds of Facebook staff working across a range of functions and is Facebook’s biggest single European office.
Legendary architect Frank Gehry will design the interiors of the new office. The space will be designed to help employees continue to serve users in Europe and enable Facebook’s open collaborative and fast-moving work culture.
The additional space will allow Facebook to further expand operations that include safety, public policy, server support, user operations, database engineering, marketing and advertising sales.
“It’s been an amazing experience watching Facebook grow since we set up our international HQ in Dublin in 2009,” said Sonia Flynn, director of Site for Facebook Ireland.
“We started pretty small, but now there are hundreds of Facebook people working hard to keep the service running, keep people safe and help other businesses grow.
“It’s been incredible to see the rise of Silicon Docks here in Dublin, and we hope that when we open our new space down the road – with the help of star architect Frank Gehry – we’ll be able to invite hundreds more talented people to come join us.”