Apple Shows Off Renders of Its Upcoming Spaceship Headquarters
November 11, 2013 3:07 PM
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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. (
) and its archrival Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
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
an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming campus, via a series of design renders. The full collection can be found
, but here's some views from Foster + Partners via
Cars and buses approach the new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
An aerial view shows the main building.
Much of the new headquarters' parking is underground, to allow more green landscaping and "less disruption of natural spaces".
Many employees will arrive via local mass transit at a special entrance.
There will be above-ground parking at the southern side of campus as well.
Even that space will be covered in greenery.
A car approaches a vistor center. From here visitors will be directed to the visitor entrance at the main headquarters.
Visitors enter through a special entrance surrounded by flowering cherry trees.
Employees march in a separate entrance via white towering staircases.
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.
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.
Most of the lighting of the building comes from sunlight on sunny days.
Trees and wild grasses will decorate a natural space within the ring.
Banners advertising Apple's prized designs will hang in the open corridors, trade show style.
There will be cavernous indoor and outdoor eating/working spaces.
Employees work and graze outdoors.
Employees will have to walk to get to the auditorium.
Employees stop just before reaching it.
The actual presentation room is underground.
This allows Apple to maximize the amount of "green" landscaping on the campus.
Employees filter in for a meeting.
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
for a few more pictures and building layouts.
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11/13/2013 12:51:47 PM
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.
"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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