Of course they thought it through. Four stories is the maximum height this building could be and still be in human and natural scale. Aside from obvious proportion considerations, there would be a height relationship to the trees to consider.One whole mandate of the building is to avoid the box and to avoid the high-rise.
Does Katy Huberty live in Taipei, Taiwan? Does she have a Chinese name? Does she speak Mandarin with Taiwan dialect? Is she a hardware oriented person? Has she got contacts in the Taiwan/Mainland/rest-of-Asia supply chain? Etc.
This may be a good idea, but wouldn't they want to see how the low-rise torus works in practice first? For a year or so anyway? Also, it may need the orchard and savannah space surrounding to make sense as a glass house. So big sites would be required, if true.Otherwise, I think the possibility that the building is another iconic product of theirs is very real, as you say.
One complex of reports and rumors that no one is talking about concerns the investments that Foxconn and Apple were said to be making in Sharp's oxide backplane technology around 2012 and 13. Foxconn was said to be into it to the tune of 1.3 billion, I think, supposedly for 50-plus-inch screens.
Icahn may have information on something to do with this program, which is hard to imagine Foxconn and Apple just dropping.
I think it's obvious that the oxide production...