The dream of every tech giant is to have their own city. One of the first to realize it was Microsoft, while Google and Tesla dream of its construction. To this group is also added Facebook, the fifth most valuable technology company in the world.
The designated place is south of San Francisco, where there is a small town of 240,000 square meters called Willow Village or Villa Sauce (www.willowvillage.com) where the project is being developed to turn it into a completely self-sustaining city.
The big difference with other cities is that this is a private villa since it is owned by the most famous social network in the world: Facebook, which hasits headquarters in Menlo Park, very close to the new facilities.
The new proposal, presented to city officials by Facebook and Signature Development Group, would replace a half-century industrial and research park with a new neighborhood with the mark of Mark Zuckerberg.
The main street will be centered on the company’s campus.
The idea is that the company’s employees can work, live and sleep without leaving the property. The city will have more than 1,700 homes, a pharmacy, alongside office buildings, conference spaces, a 193-room hotel, and a public park.
Up to 20% of the residential units, or up to 320 of the houses, will be affordable housing. That’s higher than the previous goal of 15% which in the previous version would have equaled roughly 225 units.
Willow Village was renovated after extensive engagement with Menlo Park neighbors, community leaders and city officials, Facebook and Signature Development said.
“We have always believed that Willow Village will be more successful through meaningful collaboration with the community,” said John Tenanes, Facebook’s vice president of real estate.
In the city there will be space for recreation.
The new submissions are accompanied by architectural drawings for all the new buildings, revealing a large glass dome planned for use as a collaboration area for Facebook workers, surrounded by a raised path. and gardens that will spread out over Willow Road and it would connect with the Belle Haven neighborhood.
The path is meant to be similar to the High Line in New York City, offering easy access for pedestrians and bicycles from Belle Haven through Willow, with views of the public access bay.
The City of San Jose, California, just approved an Alphabet project to build Downtown West, a Google tech mega campus in that Californian city that includes offices with capacity for 20,000 workers, shops and homes.
Construction in Downtown West could begin next year.
The project will be one of the largest of its kind and will include some 4,000 housing units, of which a thousand will be designated as social interest housing. All this within a 32 hectare property.
And although the company will own the land, more than half of the areas it comprises will be dedicated to the construction of parks, restaurants, entertainment areas and ecological reserves.
In addition to housing for workers there will be all kinds of shops and some 300 hotel rooms and 800 temporary residences to host Google corporate guests.