Facebook opens new HQ in Taipei

Facebook opens new office in Taipei's Xinyi District

Dan Neary (left),  Chen Chi-mai (right).

Dan Neary (left), Chen Chi-mai (right). (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Social media behemoth Facebook officially opened its new Taiwan headquarters on the 35th floor of Nan Shan Plaza (南山廣場) in Taipei's Xinyi District (信義區) on Thursday (April 11).

Yu I-hui (余怡慧), general manager of the Hong Kong and Taiwan, said that like Facebook's offices around the world, the firm's new office in Taiwan has adopted an open layout in the hope of stimulating more creativity.

The new office, which is in Nan Shan Plaza, the second tallest skyscraper in Taipei, covers an area of 804 ping (a ping equals 3.3 square meters) and has a capacity for 80 seats. A large proportion of the new office is allocated as recreational space for employees, including an area with free beverages and snacks, library, game room, and lounge.

Artwork combines Facebook emojis and milk tea pearls. (CNA photo)

The game area includes a mahjong table, foosball table, mini KTV booth, claw machine game, and massive sofa complete with pillows shaped like Facebook emojis. Facebook's new digs also include a live studio that allows employees to broadcast or record live videos, as well as a virtual device that allows employees to experience virtual reality (VR) while working.

Decoration in the office includes artworks by three local artists including Lu Jyun-han (盧俊翰), Jam Wu (吳耿禎), and DEBE.

The move from its previous location in a law firm in the Taipei World Trade Center next to Taipei 101 likely cost a pretty penny, as the estimated monthly rental cost for office space in Nan Shan Plaza is NT$4,000 (US$129) per ping. As the office covers an area of 804 ping, a conservative estimate for the rent would be around NT$3.2 million per month.

Employee workstations. (CNA photo)

Video of Taipei skyline from office. (CNA photo)

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Facebook studio. (CNA photo)

Employee introduces Live Lab for video streaming. (CNA photo)

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