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  (Source: Foster + Partners via Wired)
World gets an early glimpse at what working at Apple in a few years will look like

Even as Apple, Inc. (AAPL) and its archrival Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) vie for dominance of the consumer electronics market, they're also battling to see which can have the most impressive new piece of office real estate in Silicon Valley.  Samsung's efforts focus on a San Jose, Calif.-based $300M USD "green" campus featuring twin towers that will initially stand six stories tall.
Apple's plan is even more ambitious.  Co-designed by Steve Jobs and famous English architect Sir Norman Robert Foster -- both of whose life and work have been celebrated (or alternatively scrutinized) by motion pictures -- the new building is located 15 minutes from the Samsung building in Apple's hometown of Cupertino, Calif.
The four-story ring (or Infinite Loop?) shaped Apple office building will cover roughly 3.1 million square feet and will feature green landscaping indoor and out, expanding the local campus form 4,500 trees to 7,500 by the time the project is complete in 2016.  Appropriately, the local flora will include a wide variety of flowering fruit trees, including cherries, plums, and apricot trees, with persimmons.  The campus will consist of 80 percent landscaping.
While the construction of the cutting-edge building won't wrap up until 2016, Norman Foster's firm gave Wired an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming campus, via a series of design renders.  The full collection can be found here, but here's some views from Foster + Partners via Wired.

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Cars and buses approach the new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

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An aerial view shows the main building.

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Much of the new headquarters' parking is underground, to allow more green landscaping and "less disruption of natural spaces".

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Many employees will arrive via local mass transit at a special entrance.

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There will be above-ground parking at the southern side of campus as well.

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Even that space will be covered in greenery.

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A car approaches a vistor center.  From here visitors will be directed to the visitor entrance at the main headquarters.

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Visitors enter through a special entrance surrounded by flowering cherry trees.

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Employees march in a separate entrance via white towering staircases.

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The building facade is covered in curved glass panes.  The industry standard for such panes is a 1/8th inch spacing, but Steve Jobs demanded a 1/32nd inch spacing, which required Foster + Partners to develop cutting edge glass laying techniques.

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Such demands have led the headquarters to overrun its budget, at $5B USD and counting, but with well over $100B USD in its cash pile, Apple isn't worried about cost.

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Most of the lighting of the building comes from sunlight on sunny days.
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Trees and wild grasses will decorate a natural space within the ring.

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Banners advertising Apple's prized designs will hang in the open corridors, trade show style.

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There will be cavernous indoor and outdoor eating/working spaces.

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Employees work and graze outdoors.

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Employees will have to walk to get to the auditorium.

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Employees stop just before reaching it.

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The actual presentation room is underground.

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This allows Apple to maximize the amount of "green" landscaping on the campus.

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Employees filter in for a meeting.

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You can see the main headquarters building in the distance from the adjunct auditorium facility.

Well that's a quick peek, head over to the Wired piece for a few more pictures and building layouts.

Source: Wired

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By EasyC on 11/11/2013 3:12:08 PM , Rating: 5
Now aliens are gonna get sued :(

RE: Great...
By Brandon Hill on 11/11/2013 3:15:41 PM , Rating: 3
RE: Great...
By headbox on 11/11/13, Rating: -1
RE: Great...
By amanojaku on 11/11/2013 7:43:15 PM , Rating: 5
Maybe you should change your name from headbox to headcase.

I'm gonna pull a number out of my ass, but 90% of DailyTech's content are republished summaries of other news sites' articles. It's been that way for at least seven years, so you shouldn't be surprised. On the other hand, there are many instances when DT has claimed to have spoken with sources, or provided links to press releases, university departments, government agencies, etc...

DT isn't an organization that is well-funded, so it's content is limited. Think of it as more of a club that discusses tech trends. I get most of my science and tech news from other sites, since DT is usually one or two days late, and only covers around 10 articles a day. Two of those are gonna cover Apple, another one will cover Samsung, two will be about the military, another two will be about government intrusion, another one will be about some alternative fuel or vehicle based on alternative fuel, one will be about video games, and the last will be the daily hardware summary.

DT is a news aggregator. We all know it, so get over it, or go somewhere else. If you're wondering why I'm so vehement, it's because you posted the same thing in another article.

RE: Great...
By techxx on 11/11/2013 4:00:08 PM , Rating: 4
Moderator needs to give this guy a +6

RE: Great...
By Mitch101 on 11/11/2013 5:01:10 PM , Rating: 4
Seems logical Apple would go with a UFO design since every time they lose a device someone gets an Anal Probing.

RE: Great...
By CyCl0n3 on 11/12/2013 1:23:01 AM , Rating: 2
Just give this guy a +6!

RE: Great...
By whiteyd on 11/12/2013 8:55:15 AM , Rating: 2
I'm just here to echo the +6

By Motoman on 11/11/2013 3:18:52 PM , Rating: 5
It's a giant zero. How appropriate.

By TheDoc9 on 11/11/2013 3:30:52 PM , Rating: 2
There's no life or character in it. As beautiful as the simple shapes are it doesn't look as though it feels inviting.

I just saw 'the host' last night on netflix, it reminds me of that world.

By The Von Matrices on 11/11/2013 3:57:59 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. While the landscaping is nice, I just don't see how it's pleasant to work in a building that's entirely white - white walls, floors, and ceilings. I know Apple likes glossy white products, but that's not a good reason to design an entire building around it. I guess you're supposed to look at the landscaping for any color.

It's supposed to be lit by natural light, but can you imagine how bright it would be to work in an entirely white building with the sun shining in?

I also don't understand how the auditorium in functional in any way. Is the picture of the actual auditorium or is the auditorium below ground? Most presentations involve at least some sort of video projector, but there's no place for a screen and the entire room is glass, drowning out the projector in light.

By Devilboy1313 on 11/11/2013 5:40:35 PM , Rating: 2
Well you can were sunglasses for the light. I'm more curious about how big the AC will be with a giant glass building in the middle of summer.

By augiem on 11/11/2013 8:48:15 PM , Rating: 3
They could always tile the bathrooms with all the 5c's that aren't selling. Groovy!

By purerice on 11/11/2013 4:33:57 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Minimalist and clean but somehow devoid of life. Apple started going down that path in '98 when they took the color out of their logo. Reminds me of the South Park Christmas song (skip to 1:58 in)

By techxx on 11/11/2013 4:01:55 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, nice comment. It appears the majority of their budget went into the elaborate parking structure and nature preservation.

By YearOfTheDingo on 11/11/2013 9:52:36 PM , Rating: 3
It's the new Tenth Circle of Hell.

10 Years From Now
By compuser2010 on 11/11/2013 4:10:02 PM , Rating: 2
In 10 years, this place will likely be a monument to a bygone era.

RE: 10 Years From Now
By Jeffk464 on 11/11/2013 4:28:31 PM , Rating: 2
Even if apple goes belly up some day, the building can be re-purposed. I'm not a huge fan of apple, but love to see what can be done with aesthetic architecture.

RE: 10 Years From Now
By TheDoc9 on 11/11/2013 5:32:43 PM , Rating: 2
This was one of my thoughts as well. Seeing this dystopia realized on such a massive scale will be an awakening experience for many people.

RE: 10 Years From Now
By Tony Swash on 11/11/2013 6:13:23 PM , Rating: 1
In 10 years, this place will likely be a monument to a bygone era.

I see Apple is still doomed. It's good to see some things never change.

For some reason the comments here made me think of these guys....

Meeting in 5 min
By Da W on 11/12/2013 8:48:28 AM , Rating: 3
JESUS. I got a meeting in 5 minutes. It's on THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FREAKING GIANT CIRCLE!

RE: Meeting in 5 min
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/12/2013 10:18:44 AM , Rating: 2
It's ridiculously huge.... and apparently NOT big enough to put the auditorium IN it...


By chris2618 on 11/11/2013 4:44:55 PM , Rating: 2
Looks a bit like the GCHQ building but with more green

By The Von Matrices on 11/11/2013 5:33:45 PM , Rating: 2
Where do you see green? All I see is glass and white.

Left Turns Only - Just Like NASCAR
By GTVic on 11/12/2013 12:59:56 AM , Rating: 2
Will apple employees end up with shortened left legs as a result of constantly turning left as they navigate around the building?

By KC7SWH on 11/13/2013 3:30:14 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry to burst your bubble but NASCAR is not left turns only.

By geekman1024 on 11/11/2013 8:26:12 PM , Rating: 3
Cherry trees?

Why not apple trees? They can feed their employees with apples, know?

By stm1185 on 11/11/2013 3:54:50 PM , Rating: 2
I eagerly await the day someone poisons the trees to make it a perfect smiley face for the Google Sat.

Nice cars!
By hughlle on 11/11/2013 4:39:02 PM , Rating: 2
Seems to me that a huge proportion of apple employees apparently drive very expensive cars. Hmmm. Better start sending off an application. Work for apple, drive a Bentley!

Dead UFO
By UpSpin on 11/11/2013 5:36:40 PM , Rating: 2
That's how I'd imagine a high technology sect would live like.

Everything is cold and steril, with a touch of nature. The walk to the auditorium is pictured like a pilgrimage, whereas the auditorium looks like a holy shrine.

The only nice looking picture is the one with the tables and chairs outside.

The ring is a good idea for light entrance, but way too large. It's more or less impossible to meet the people from the opposite side in a reasonable time or by accident. Some other concept HQ (Google California HQ) looked much more comfortable. Much better connected, therefore almost a bit boring.

Empire before the fall
By sulu1977 on 11/11/2013 7:11:01 PM , Rating: 2
Reminds me of those great empires that build extravagant monuments for themselves... just before they collapse.

3, 2, 1...
By augiem on 11/11/2013 7:46:39 PM , Rating: 2
Once it's finished, it will lift off and orbit the planet from on high and become Aplysium, finally in its rightful place in the heavens.

By ptmmac on 11/11/2013 8:34:31 PM , Rating: 2
The commenter who is wondering about air conditioning might be reassured by the open air that will be circulated into the building on most days except when it gets too hot.
above all the glass windows are fans to circulate air and cool the building by removing heat from the tops of the windows.

This building is being designed to use less energy during construction and during use. The dirt is all from the current site, the energy will be generated by solar and natural gas driven fuel cells. The grid will be a back up source of power.

It is kind of silly to critique a building based upon computer renders as cold and uninviting. The people will be where the focus is. There are no outside distractions to keep employees away from work. Once you get there you will know where you are and everything will be designed to make the business work better. You can hate Apple all you want, but is an impressive and unique vision for a corporate building.

No segues?
By whickywhickyjim on 11/12/2013 4:08:20 PM , Rating: 2
The renders need more Tony Swash-like, turtleneck sporting winners driving their segues around. The good news is that it doubles as an aerial bullseye. Sweet! Please deposit all ordinance here.

By DocScience on 11/13/2013 12:51:47 PM , Rating: 2
Meanwhile, in Asia, engineers are working in cheap windowless cubes, spending their companies' money on actual product development.

Sears Roebuck, at their height, built the world's tallest building for their HQ, the interior fitted with the finest and most expensive office furniture. It was later sold to pay debts from plummeting sales.

Wal-Mart, still growing, builds and buys cheap steel buildings without windows and the employees use returned and blemished office furniture and equipment.

Pride and falls, seem connected.

Ozymandias comes to mind.

wise man once ask...
By purerice on 11/11/2013 4:23:32 PM , Rating: 1
But will it blend?

"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad

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