Apple's HQ Plans: Views of the Ultramodern Site Apple Will Call Home

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-11-26 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A small selection of renderings offering glimpses of Apple's spaceship-like new headquarters has been floating around the Internet for years now, but just recently, Cupertino, Calif., city officials—who recently gave the green light on Apple's futuristic building—also released two-dozen renderings, giving Apple and architecture fans a much more detailed look at what the building will eventually become. The building was initially scheduled to be opened in 2015, but will actually not open its doors until 2016, due to some delays on Cupertino's environmental impact study. According to Apple's plans for the building, it will span 2.8 million square feet, which makes it one of the largest structures in the world. It'll have everything from a fitness center to a cafeteria to office space, and will be able to accommodate more than 14,000 employees, thousands more than the current campus can hold. Apple bought a chunk of land from Hewlett-Packard to secure the required space for the new HQ. The campus will be 150 acres. Here's a look at the building Apple employees will eventually call home.

 
 
 
  • Apple's HQ Plans: Views of the Ultramodern Site Apple Will Call Home

    by Nathan Eddy
    1 - Apple's HQ Plans: Views of the Ultramodern Site Apple Will Call Home
  • A Base as Sleek as a Spaceship

    The glass and steel ring that comprises the main building, which co-founder Steve Jobs (who passed away in October 2011) likened to a spaceship, has a futuristic sheen. British architect Norman Foster designed the building.
    2 - A Base as Sleek as a Spaceship
  • Driving Into the Future

    This image shows Apple employees entering a sleek underground parking garage, which sports a green roof covered with grasses, small trees and other plants—part of Apple's green building agenda to reduce its carbon footprint.
    3 - Driving Into the Future
  • Blades of Glass and Leaves of Grass

    Apple has committed to making the new campus as environmentally friendly as possible. To do so, the company says that 80 percent of the space will be landscaped and feature 7,000 trees, dramatically increasing the number of trees currently on the land.
    4 - Blades of Glass and Leaves of Grass
  • Like Working in a Giant Apple Retail Store

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, the design renderings strongly recall the whitewashed, ultra-minimal aesthetic found in Apple's retail stores across the globe. It's not yet known if the company intends to adorn the building with any other artwork other than its own product ads.
    5 - Like Working in a Giant Apple Retail Store
  • Eating Lunch in the Doughnut Hole

    Due to the nature of the building's design, there will be plenty of open space in the middle of the building for employees and visitors to mix and mingle, or grab lunch. The building will be able to accommodate more than 14,000 employees, thousands more than the company's current headquarters can.
    6 - Eating Lunch in the Doughnut Hole
  • A Minimal Pavilion Is Included in the Plans

    Designed to host press events and other special announcements from Apple, this rendering actually just shows the ultra-minimal entry to the venue. The events will be held downstairs, underground.
    7 - A Minimal Pavilion Is Included in the Plans
  • Welcome to the Future, Members of the Press

    Clearly designed to impress, the entrance to the pavilion is a large, seemingly column-free open space with no furniture visible. While the daring design is undoubtedly sleek, one wonders where people would have the opportunity to sit—or even how those thin glass walls hold the roof up.
    8 - Welcome to the Future, Members of the Press
  • Work Out Where You Work

    In addition to the main building and the subterranean pavilion, Apple is planning several amenities for its employees, including a glass-walled fitness center. The campus is being touted as "one of the most environmentally sustainable projects on this scale anywhere in the world."
    9 - Work Out Where You Work
  • Lunchtime, Loft-Style

    This rendering shows a cavernous cafeteria with double-height ceilings and plenty of light, lending it loft-style qualities. The dining area is reportedly 60,000 square feet.
    10 - Lunchtime, Loft-Style
  • Every Piece of Glass Will Be Curved

    Apple's headquarters will be a massive, glass structure. The four-storey building has a 1,615-foot diameter, making it wider than the Pentagon and with a circumference of nearly 1 mile. However, Steve Jobs had said none of the glass would be straight. In fact, he said before the Cupertino city council in 2011 that every piece of glass in the building would be curved.
    11 - Every Piece of Glass Will Be Curved
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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