Facebook Hardware Lab


Facebook Hardware Lab

Combining the height adjustability ease of the ErgoStat while maintaining access to overhead and above surface power, Facebook's Area 404 facility is outfitted to transform ideas to prototypes.

Quick Details

  • Project Type: Renovation/New space
  • Location: Menlo Park, California
  • Dealer: LabDesign
  • Completed: 2016


Project Details & Features

As an every growing social media platform with over 2.8 billion monthly users, Facebook labs encountered a need for a new research lab. Recognizing this was a space that Facebook engineers wanted but it didn't exist, the lab was uniquely coined as Area 404 (referencing the error reached when a website cannot be found). Supporting both detailed electrical engineering work and a prototyping workshop for large machines, Symbiote tables add accessibility and function throughout.

In rows lining the center of the lab, islands are created from back to back Symbiote ErgoStats and Table Bases. The height adjustability supports every tab technicians' preferred workstation and casters allow for easy reconfiguration. The open riser frames on the ErgoStats increase visibility throughout the lab and add much needed electrical plug strips and storage shelves above the surfaces. Under shelf mounted LED lights add precision to detailed work while overhead utilities are still accessible.

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"It brings together a lot of opportunity for teams across the company to work together, and work on shared problems here together." - Jay Parikh, Facebook's former head of engineering and infrastructure