Facebook expands in Europe as it scoops up new employees

Star architect Frank Gehry is designing new Dublin and London offices for the social media company

Facebook is moving to bigger offices in London and Dublin to accommodate its rapidly expanding European workforce.

Facebook established its international headquarters in Dublin in 2009. Relocating to a new space in the city's Grand Canal Square will give Facebook the room it needs to accommodate the hundreds of employees it expects to hire, wrote Sonia Anne Flynn, the company's Ireland's site lead, on her Facebook page Thursday.

"We started pretty small, but now there are hundreds of Facebook people working hard to keep the service running," she said.

In London the company is moving from its offices in Covent Garden to Regent's Place, in the heart of the West End, wrote Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's vice president of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), on her Facebook page Thursday. The office is not finished yet though, she added.

"Designed by acclaimed architect, Frank Gehry, creator of our Menlo Park campus in California, our new home will give us the space to double the number of people working at Facebook London and build on what we've achieved there over the past few years, including the only Facebook Engineering Centre in Europe," she wrote.

The center was set up in 2012 in order to work on Facebook's platform and mobile development. It was the company's first engineering center outside the U.S.

Facebook's Dublin office will also be designed by Gehry, Flynn wrote. He is known for designing the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Facebook Ireland currently has 69 open positions varying from sales jobs to openings in the user operations department and engineering positions. London has 38 openings and is looking, among other positions, for software engineers, according to Facebook's London and Dublin job pages.

The company could not immediately comment further on European expansion plans.

In Europe, Facebook also has offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Stockholm and Warsaw. In September 2013, it had 5,794 employees worldwide.

Loek is Amsterdam Correspondent and covers online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to loek_essers@idg.com

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