Facebook Slideshow 01 - MaRS

Facebook Inc.’s Canadian division officially opened its new Toronto office in the MaRS Discovery District (above), a government-supported innovation hub, today, with more than 40 of the company’s non-profit clients and even Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on hand to celebrate. Join us for a photo tour of the Silicon Valley icon’s latest Canadian digs.


Facebook Slideshow 02 - The Facebook Wall

A fixture at every Facebook office, the Facebook Wall invites visitors to leave comments for the staff, in permanent ink.


Facebook Slideshow 03 - Penalty Box

Among other random decorations around the office is a full-sized NHL penalty box, complete with hockey sticks and jerseys. (Argyle PR’s Dan Tisch graciously volunteered to be the model for this shot.)


Facebook Slideshow 04 - The Cafeteria

It wouldn’t be a modern tech giant without a ludicrously well-stocked cafeteria. Anytime Facebook employees wish, they can visit their own private convenience store and help themselves to a range of snacks, juice, fruit, vegetables, and yogurt. Nearby buffet tables are stocked by professional caterers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Facebook Slideshow 05 - Mural

The walls of Facebook’s Toronto office were painted by a team of four artists – three local (Justin Broadbent, PERU 143, and Bareket Kezwer), plus company designer Scott Boms – over a period of seven days. This is one of two murals at the north end of the office, symbolizing Facebook’s guiding principles of openness and connection.


Facebook Slideshow 06 - IT Department

The IT department – which, like the rest of the office, is covered in posters and inspirational quotes – faces west, where employees can walk up to the open counter at any time and ask for help.


Facebook Slideshow 07 - Telephone Booth

Another random decoration, with Facebook apparently repurposing one of the last phone booths in Toronto so that employees could have a private place to chat. We bet your teleconferencing room never looked like this.


Facebook Slideshow 08 - Office

Where the magic happens. Nobody at Facebook has their own office, to encourage what Facebook Canada’s managing director Jordan Banks calls “constructive eavesdropping,” though the company provides plenty of meeting rooms for group projects.


Facebook Slideshow 09 - Boardrooms 1

All of the office’s 18 meeting rooms has a name inspired by Canadian culture (some of our favourites: Loonie Bin, Degrassi Junior High, and “Boardroom, Eh?”).


Facebook Slideshow 10 - Boardrooms 2

Inside, each room’s interior exemplifies Facebook’s commitment to mixing work and play, with colourful art, comfortable seating, and video communication terminals among the desks (this particular meeting room is “Because It’s 2015”).


Facebook Slideshow 11 - Instaronto

One of the office’s more ingenious decorations, this photo printer will reproduce any Instagram shot with the featured hashtag – and we have the picture to prove it.


Facebook Slideshow 12 - Instagram Photo Wall

After the photos are printed, they’re posted here.


Facebook Slideshow 13 - Look Here

Yes it’s partially obscured here by a speaker, but we particularly appreciated this pillar at the office’s south end, which encourages visitors to look in a certain direction next to a drawing of the CN Tower.


Facebook Slideshow 14 - South View

And if they follow its advice, this is what they see.


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Eric Emin Wood
Former editor of ITBusiness.ca turned consultant with public relations firm Porter Novelli. When not writing for the tech industry enjoys photography, movies, travelling, the Oxford comma, and will talk your ear off about animation if you give him an opening.