IT & Network Infrastructure : Apple, Google, Facebook Head of the Class in Tech Campuses

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-08-25 Print this article Print


Designed by Norman Foster, this environmentally friendly, ring-shaped headquarters for Apple looks like a spaceship from the future.
While it's easy to think of the world's technology corporations as big, faceless companies housed in drab buildings far out in suburban areas, some of today's leading technological institutions—be they educational or commercial—are bucking the vanilla-box trend and experimenting with architectural designs meant to evoke the spirit of their products and their corporate image. Apple's recently released renderings for its new Cupertino, Calif., "spaceship" headquarters have drawn wide praise for the campus's futuristic, high-tech look—it certainly looks like something Apple officials would build if they ever delved into architecture. Apple isn't the only company looking to make a statement, though. Facebook's new campus will emphasize (what else?) a sense of community and will be thoughtful of its youthful employees, while Google, Microsoft and are focusing on reducing their carbon footprint and burnishing their green technology credentials. Not all of the most inspired architecture is found in the United States, however. Giant Interactive's Shanghai headquarters in China looks like it dropped out of the Blade Runner universe, and the Sony Center complex in Berlin feels like a cross between Times Square and a giant circus tent.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at Before joining, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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