August 14, 2011
The city of Cupertino, California has revealed details about Apple’s new office space development. The new campus, being referred to as Apple Campus 2, is a four-story spaceship-like structure and is expected to be complete in 2015. The future headquarter will be 2.8 million square feet and will house 13,000 employees. According to the documents released, the new structure will include an underground 1,000-seat auditorium, about 300,000 square feet of above-ground and underground research facilities, and an underground parking structure. It will also have it’s own power plant on site to avoid reliance on the grid.
Cupertino mayor Gilbert Wong had this to say of the new campus:
“This mothership really has landed here in Cupertino.”
Yes, the mayor is also referring to Apple’s creation as a the mothership. So it should not come as any surprise that the city of Cupertino is welcoming Apple’s latest creation with open arms, as they recently surpassed Exxon as the most valuable U.S. company.
The design of the Apple Campus 2 structure is unlike any other building I’ve seen (other than maybe the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.). The building is a clear reflection of Apple’s unique design philosophy and makes me wonder if it is somehow a tribute to the iPod’s simple one button circular control dial that helped reinvigorate Apple in the marketplace.
I also wonder if the building will be equipped to actually take off like a spaceship – we’re not putting that one past Steve Jobs and Apple – he did bring us the iPhone and iPad after all. Only time will tell.
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