An enormous infinite loop is being built in Cupertino, California. When finished, the structure will look like a giant metallic doughnut laying on its side. Natural light will shower the inhabitants inside. The elegant structure will sit in the center of Silicon Valley and be a technological beacon.
Architects Foster + Partners will work with ARUP North America and Kier & Wright (a local civil engineering firm that has worked on Apple’s current campus and buildings). The 2.8 million square foot building will accommodate around 13,000 employees.
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Natural light and open views will be a signature for the building. White metal and glass wraps around the building, while the surrounding landscape will look natural and unmanicured. The building is meant to encourage the observation of nature. A park one third of a mile across will occupy the center of the complex, which features:
- 1,000-seat Corporate Auditorium
- Corporate Fitness Center
- Research Facilities comprising approximately 300,000 square feet
- Central Energy Plant
The Apple Campus will be extremely detailed and clean, not unlike the Apple Store.
Gilbert Wong, Cupertino’s mayor approved Apple’s proposed building plans. “There is no chance that we’re saying no.” Wong told the city in a June press conference. “This mothership really has landed here in Cupertino.”
When Steve Jobs presented the plans for the complex to the Cupertino City Council, he said the design was focused on reducing electricity use, mainly by generating its own energy on an on-site Central Plant. The complex would also provide open green spaces for Apple employees to enjoy. ”It will exceed economic, social, and environmental sustainability goals through integrated design and development,” he said. “If you build things, this is not the cheapest way to build something,” Jobs explained.
“There is not a straight piece of glass in this building. It’s all curved. We’ve used our experience making retail buildings all over the world now, and we know how to make the biggest pieces of glass in the world for architectural use,” Jobs said. “And we want to make the glass specifically for this building here. We can make it curve all the way around the building…It’s pretty cool.”
Steve Jobs last public appearance was to introduce and propose the new Apple campus to the Cuppertino City Council.
The campus will open in 2015. For now, you can see blueprints of the new Apple Campus. Apple is considered the most valuable company in the world. App development for Apple iDevices is a booming business as Apple continues to surge forward by innovating with the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. It will be exciting to see what new inventions come out of this new campus.
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