Sunday, December 9, 2012

Apple Is Ready To Launch A Spacecraft-Like Corporate Office In 2015

Apple has now put forth the floor plan for a massive ring-shaped building as its 2nd corporate office. The company hopes that new office will be up and running in 2015.
The spacecraft-like design was conceived by Apple’s co-founder, the legendary Steve Jobs before his death in October.
The floor plan given on Cupertino’s website shows circular levels for four offices separated by symmetrical entrances. Cube-like offices are divided by metal beams.
Parking is planned to be in a two-level basement. A 500,000-square-foot rooftop plant area, with some 2.8 million sq. feet of above ground space is also available for this corporate office.
Attempts are made to provide the landscaping a very natural view with lots of trees.
The available renderings of Apple's planned new corporate office building in Cupertino, CA are drawing some interesting criticisms.
All the descriptions I have read so far about the building seem to ring true - it is kind of like a spaceship, but sort of like a giant doughnut, and it does also remind you of a new-fangled Pentagon (an oddly accurate comparison since it is actually a giant circle).
In the New Yorker, Paul Goldberger ponders whether this could be a sign that Apple has finally "jumped the shark" (though in a corporate-decline way, not in a Happy Days-will-be-a-shitty-TV-show-from-now-on way). His argument is that overly-grandiose office buildings have indicated in the past that a company has lost touch with reality (and ultimately and fatally with its own consumer base). I somehow doubt that's the case, but perhaps the next decade will prove me wrong.
As we noted in June, Apple is building what is sure to be the coolest office building ever in Cuptertino, CA. The building is so important to the company that no less than Steve Jobs went to a Cupertino City Council meeting a couple months ago to seal the deal. They were eating out of his hand. All the rest is really a formality at this point. “There is no chance that we’re saying no,” Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong said after the meeting.
Today, Cupertino released more detailed plans about the project on the city’s website. Known as “Apple Campus 2″ to the city, the project will be built on a 175 acre area near the 280 highway. The total building will be approximately 2.8 million square feet, will feature a 1,000 seat auditorium (perfect for all but Apple’s biggest events), a fitness center, 300,000 square feet of research facilities, a power plant, and underground parking. But all of that sounds boring, what you really need to see is what it looks like: a giant, flying saucer-like loop. Luckily Cupertino included Apple’s proposal documents which include many new renderings of the project.
Cupertino says they still have to review the environmental impact of the project and have a few more public hearings before it’s actually approved. But yeah, again, there’s no way this isn’t getting done. Apple’s plan is to break ground next year and have the new headquarters done in 2015. It will house over 12,000 employees in one massive building.