Apple’s new campus to resemble a "spaceship"

Jeremiah Yap – Fourth Estate Cooperative Writer

San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – More details on Apple’s “spaceship” campus were revealed by the architecture firm Foster + Partners. The firm responsible for realizing the co-founder Steve Jobs’ vision recently spoke to Architectural Record. Jobs planned Apple’s headquarters in 2011 and envisioned thousands of trees, bicycle trails, and hidden car parks.

The campus will span at an estimated 2.8 million square feet and will accommodate more than 12,000 people. Currently, Apple’s campus has 2,800 employees.

“The reference point for Steve [Jobs] was always the large space on the Stanford campus — the Main Quad — which Steve knew intimately. Also, he would reminisce about the time when he was young, and California was still the fruit bowl of the United States. It was still orchards.” founder and chairman of Foster+Partners, Norman Foster told Architectural Record.

Jobs referred to the planned campus as a “spaceship.” The main building will have a spherical shape with a park located in the center.

“These studies finally morphed into a circular building that would enclose the private space in the middle — essentially a park that would replicate the original California landscape, and parts of it would also recapture the orchards of the past. The car would visually be banished, and tarmac would be replaced by greenery, and car parks by jogging and bicycle trails,” Foster added.

Foster + Partners were responsible for popular buildings such as the Swiss Re tower in London and the Beijing International Airport.

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