Bumping this thread because this
is a pretty interesting development, if true:Norman Foster to design Apple’s new campus called ‘Apple City
El Economicnista reports (English)that renowned British architect Norman Foster is hard at work designing Apple’s new campus in Cupertino. The 100 acre campus was picked up from HP last month for a measly $300M.
The architect has some pretty incredible plans, including an underground tunnel system linking the two campuses (called it). In fact, the entire road transportation system will operate through a network of tunnels (tubes?) that will clear the surface areas for green. “The buildings which will house the engineers and R&D will also be multifunctional and will incorporate cutting-edge technology in materials and equipment as well as renewable energy resources,” according to the report.
Apple has repeatedly said that it is stretching its current campus to capacity.
The campus will be modeled after Masdar, Abu Dhabi, considered the first city in the world without cars or carbon emissions (capacity 50,000).
The report makes many mentions of the term ‘Apple City’. We’re not certain if that is official or not (we hope it catches on).
Makes sense, given Jobs' keen interest in integrating design and functionality in every phase of their product lineup. Taking a look at the Foster + Partners portfolio
, it's also clear why Apple would be drawn to this particular architect.
It would be pretty wild if Appel HQ turned into some kind of state of the art signature campus. I mean, network of underground tubes? "Apple city"? All Jobs needs now is sharks with frickin' laser beams and he's got it all sewn up.