IT & Network Infrastructure : Apple, Google, Facebook Head of the Class in Tech Campuses
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 institutionsbe they educational or commercialare 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 lookit 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 Salesforce.com 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.