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Apple City Planned for Cupertino

Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 17, 2011 04:03 PM

Apple purchased a 100-acre plot of land from Hewlett Packard last month for $300 million that’s only two miles away from the brand’s main base. So what do you think Steve Jobs is going to do with it?

Right! Build Apple City, a residential area for engineers and developers that will be joined to the main campus via underground tunnels and not allow any harmful emissions to go forth from the site, according to TreeHugger.com.

Spanish newspaper El Economista reports that famed architect Norman Foster has been hired to do the job, partially because of his similar work in Abu Dhabi on Masdar City, a development that will run entirely on solar and other renewable energy sources and serve as the home base for the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Apple’s cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs gave a recent presentation about the project to the Cupertino City Council, saying it will consist of a single four-story building "in the shape of a perfect circle with a park in the center” and will have close to 3 million square feet of space, according to ArchPaper.com. “We’ve seen these office parks with lots of buildings,” Jobs said, “and they get pretty boring pretty fast. We’d like to do something better than that.”

By the time 2016 rolls around, there will be a new building constructed in Cupertino, California, that can hold close to one fifth of the city’s population.

The Aerobie-shaped building will be part of Apple’s new campus and hold 12,000 employees. Cupertino, home to 58,302 in the 2010 census, is, of course, not planning to get in the way of the construction. According to TechCrunch, some environmental-impact studies and public meetings must still take place, but Mayor Gilbert Wong said, “There is no chance that we’re saying no.”

The building is expected to be finished in 2015, take up 2.8 million square feet on a 175-acre plot of land, and house a 1,000-seat auditorium, a fitness center, 300,000 square feet of research facilities, a power plant, and underground parking, TechCrunch reports.

On Monday, the city released new renderings of what the building should look like. The fake Apple employees appear to be living a very Thoreau-like back-to-nature lifestyle (if you ignore the building with the large tech research center peeking out from behind trees in the background).

Apple is also being a little secretive about an upcoming New York City store location in the balconies of Grand Central Station. The New York Times had great difficulty in locating any renderings of what the store will look like. The plans that The Times finally uncovered merely showed “a modestly lighted Apple,” which the paper derided as “useful as a signpost.”

Another Apple project in New York City that’s been under wraps is the company’s store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The company has been planning to “revamp the glass cube on top” of the store, according to TUAW.com. “The change mostly consists of consolidating most of the glass panes currently sitting on the store’s entrance, dropping that number from 90 all the way down to 15,” the site reports. It is expected to cost $6.6 million, chump change compared to what the cost of the new Apple building.


Dan T. United States says:

Wow!  No doubt it will be spectacular.

August 17, 2011 04:29 PM #

Tom Parrett United States says:

I look forward to everything about this building. Architecture tends to influence corporate structure and internal information flow. Vertical headquarters invariably impose a hierarchy and movement relies heavily on elevators, of course. A 4-story horizontal building with stacked circles of about a mile in circumference will provide some pretty interesting organizational options. Transport choices by Apple will, one hopes, be as innovative as the Mac OS and iPad -- staff may have a half-mile inside commute to a meeting.

August 20, 2011 05:20 PM #

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