Enterprise Mobility: Apple`s 'Spaceship' HQ: The Future's Coming to Cupertino

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-08-18
 
 
 

Lord of the Ring

Details on the specifics of the building are slim, but based on futuristic renderings, the headquarters has already been likened to a spaceship.

Lord of the Ring

The Spaceship

Last year Apple bought a large parcel of land from Hewlett-Packard to secure the required space—150 acres—for the new campus.

The Spaceship

Harmonic Design

Idyllic renderings from architect Norman Foster's office suggest a working environment fused with natural surroundings.

Harmonic Design

Where They Work

The building will reportedly comprise 2.8 million square feet and house 13,000 employees. It will include a 1,000-person auditorium and a 300,000-square-foot research facility.

Where They Work

iNature

Apple describes the proposed campus as a "distinctive and inspiring 21st century workplace."

iNature

Going in Circles

Some architecture critics have called into question the usefulness of the building's design.

Going in Circles

Breaking It Down

The building is planned to offer a corporate fitness center, a central plant and associated parking.

Breaking It Down

Seeing Green

Though there is no official cost associated with the building, Apple plans to put some money into sustainable features and expanding open space on the site.

Seeing Green

The World of Tomorrow

Right now, with the current buildings in place, about 20 percent of the land is open space. Under Apples plans, open space will jump to 80 percent.

The World of Tomorrow

Bilbao or Boondoggle?

Is an enormous, ring-shaped building really the best solution to housing 13,000 employees? Despite the stunning renderings, some are doubtful.

Bilbao or Boondoggle?

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