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Sneak peek inside Facebook’s new engineering hive in Seattle

Facebook is showing off glimpses of its newest facility up north. Located in Seattle, the new space will be home to some of the social network’s engineering talent.

We’re guessing the new office will be ideal for capturing restless Microsofties and Amazonians enamored of the ripsticks-and-Zuck culture Facebook has cultivated over the years.

“Just a couple of years ago, the entire Facebook engineering team was in one building in Palo Alto, California,” Facebook engineer Ari Steinberg wrote today on the company blog. In those halcyon days of legend on University Avenue, Steinberg continues, “Everyone was within a 30 second walk of each other. But in early 2010, we got to a point where we knew we needed to look beyond Silicon Valley to keep building Facebook and ship everything we wanted to ship.”

Calling Seattle “the logical choice” for Facebook’s next big satellite, Steinberg noted that Facebook’s Seattle office now holds close to 100 engineers.

So far, the Seattle team has shipped products and features including Desktop Messenger for Windows, video calling, and other projects shared with the Bay Area team.

“Our new building feels like it represents Facebook as well,” Steinberg concludes.

“Everyone sits out in the open with their team, usually just four or five people. There’s delicious food, snack stations, free laundry, and four months of parental leave. But there are also a couple of things that are uniquely Seattle: Every Wednesday, we eat lunch together at a local restaurant, and in March, we all headed up to Steven’s Pass for a ski trip. Windows wrap around the entire floor, offering panoramic views of the city, Lake Union, the Space Needle, Puget Sound and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains.”

Here’s a sneak peek at the Facebook Seattle offices:

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Top image courtesy of Jolie O’Dell


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