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A new image purported to be from Apple's architectural team offers a closer look at the design of the company's planned "spaceship" campus in Cupertino, Calif.

The image provided to AppleInsider on Friday is labeled as "confidential" and identified as "Main Building A3 Office Facade Perspective." The project name is "Campus Development."

The design matches earlier images that showed an artists' rendering of what Apple's new mega-campus in Cupertino will look like. One of the defining features of the building will be its use of curved glass around the exterior.

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Listed on the document are London architecture firm Foster + Partners, consulting engineering and designing firm Arup, landscape architecture company OLIN, and Davis Langdon, a construction company.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs first revealed the plans for the new campus last June at a Cupertino city council meeting, in one of his last public appearances before his death. He described the main office building as looking "a little like a spaceship landed."

The new corporate campus will be on roughly 150 acres of land it bought from Hewlett-Packard. Groundbreaking on the project is expected to begin later this year pending government approval.

The campus will hold more than 12,000 employees and will comprise 2.8 million square feet over its four stories. Also planned are a caf? and restaurant, fitness center and corporate auditorium with seating for up to 1,000 people on the grounds, while 300,000 square feet of research facilities will be built nearby.

With construction planned to begin this year, Apple hopes it will be able to open the doors on its new corporate campus in 2015.
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In three years, Samsung will being construction on their innovative 'youfoe' campus. The building will be a perfect 2:1 rectangle, one millimeter wider than Apple's new campus, and having the sharpest corners known to man.

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I like how the tables and benches look like Apple Store furniture :P
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I love how the drawing says Confidential all over it. Interesting design. I don't quite get how that cantilever is actually supported though.

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Interesting vent system at the window head. Would like to see more detail on how it will work.
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In three years, Samsung will being construction on their innovative 'youfoe' campus. The building will be a perfect 2:1 rectangle, one millimeter wider than Apple's new campus, and having the sharpest corners known to man.

 

Yawn...

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Originally Posted by mstone View Post
I love how the drawing says Confidential all over it. Interesting design. I don't quite get how that cantilever is actually supported though.

 

Magic Cantilever™.


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Yawn...

 

Tell me about it. Samsung copying is old hat, and yet people still think they didn't do it.


Edited by Tallest Skil - 9/7/12 at 12:24pm

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post #8 of 30
This is the design Steve Jobs went with for the HP HeadQuarters after they bought the location, it's a circular building made entirely of glass and steel. ( Source:Walter Issacson's biography)

and the website looks awesome...
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This thing will be amazing. I know it sounds stupid and unlikely, but I really hope they have certain days open for visitors to take a tour. It would be an amazing adult "field trip" lol
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Is it patented yet? :-)
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I know it sounds stupid and unlikely, but I really hope they have certain days open for visitors to take a tour. It would be an amazing adult "field trip" lol
Highly unlikely. I don't recall of any Silicon Valley company that offers tours to the public. Apple is highly secretive anyhow, they're pretty much the last Silicon Valley company that would open their doors to the public.

It has been repeatedly stated that this is an engineering campus. It'll be a bunch of engineers in cubicles and some high-security labs that you'd never see. Heck, black cloth is draped over prototypes so other Apple employees can't see new concepts.

Any company that's open to the public is subject to more stringent laws in terms of building code, disabled access, etc. Also, liability coverage from the insurance company would likely be more expensive. Parking would have to be increased and other ancillary charges would accumulate (e.g., more security staff, extra night cleaners).

Even shareholders don't have access to their buildings with the exception of the annual shareholder meeting held at the Town Hall facility (which incidentally could be held offsite).
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The cantilever looks to be basically a lightweight awning.

Re: teh website/forum changes, ... not impressed.

It *looks* nicer but all the problems of the (recent) old forums remain (no spell-checking, no smilies, random garbage files downloading to your hard drive, etc. etc.), and nothing has really been added.

Also, double-tapping to column width is completely borked as it is on all the sites that changed recently to this new type of layout (MacNN, 9to5Mac, etc.)

What's the point of even trying to view the site if you can't zoom to column width (or are you pushing folks to some crappy 'mobile" site again now). In any case, lots of folks will want to do that even if they aren't on a mobile device.

So .... FAIL!
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Hardly a substantial leak if this is the only new design drawing out there.

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I love how the drawing says Confidential all over it. Interesting design. I don't quite get how that cantilever is actually supported though.

Optimal cantilever is 1/3 unsupported span with the other 2/3 comprised of the supporting backspan. Either that or its alien spacecraft science...

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Interesting vent system at the window head. Would like to see more detail on how it will work.

 

Likewise. Given Apple's past, are they going to trademark every cool detail in the building?

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The cantilever looks to be basically a lightweight awning.

I know they don't get much snow in San Francisco but it doesn't look like it would even stand up to much wind load either, especially for a space ship. smoking.gif

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I've moved all the comments about the site redesign to this thread in our Feedback section. 

 

Not because I want to hide them, not because they're bad, but both because they belong there and because they'll be much easier for site ownership to peruse in one place instead of strung through a bunch of threads. Pass it along!

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I've moved all the comments about the site redesign to this thread in our Feedback section. 

Not because I want to hide them, not because they're bad, but both because they belong there and because they'll be much easier for site ownership to peruse in one place instead of strung through a bunch of threads. Pass it along!

you might also move the "Is it patented yet? :-)" comment and the samsung-as-copier comments to another thread, since they add absolutely nothing to the conversation and others might want to discuss the legal ramifications ...
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Ok, know this isn't the forum for this but...
first off, what's with the new look to the website AI?
when in the new look, how do you login? The only Way I was able to see if I was logged in was by stumbling on the old format forum. This new site is not ready for prime time I take it.

About this article. Talk about old news here. These images have been available for public viewing (even though the documents all say "confidential") for at least a year if not longer. In fact they're currently available on the City of Cupertino's Website.

http://www.cupertino.org/index.aspx?page=1107
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I love how the drawing says Confidential all over it. Interesting design. I don't quite get how that cantilever is actually supported though.

 

Through continuity in the structural system.

 

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Interesting vent system at the window head. Would like to see more detail on how it will work.

 

This is interesting system. It looks like it is major part in the building passive cooling system.

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Interesting vent system at the window head. Would like to see more detail on how it will work.

 

You know it's a cross-sectional view of a right triangle that is missing all the superstructure curve cylinders to show the Glass curvature without being obstructed by HVAC, Wiring, substrates and more.

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Tell me about it. Samsung copying is old hat, and yet people still think they didn't do it.

 

The 7 stages of fandroid denial:

1. Denial. "They didn't copy."

2. Guilt. "Everyone copies everyone else."

3. Strawman. "So Apple thinks they own the rectangle?"

4. Justification. "Apple's patents are now 'standards essential.' Seize them."

5. Bargaining. "But Apple's patent are not valid."

6. Blame. "The jury foreman is biased."

7. Spin. "Innovation not litigation."

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Here it is finished.

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Apple Insider just got one of the images. 9 to 5 Mac got 9 new images (and yes antkm1, these are new images never seen before). The first image in front of the giant glass wall is amazing. I'm an electrical engineer and would give my left leg to work on this project.

To see all the images -> http://************/2012/09/07/new-images-of-apples-campus-2-building-show-amazing-detail-gallery/

 

Edit: AI filter doesn't like the reference. Replace the ************ with 9to5mac dot com

 

Seriously, AI, blocking links to other tech sites?

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Seriously, AI, blocking links to other tech sites?


Not by our choice. Huddler does that alongside swearing. And it's just 9to5Mac.

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Kind of reminds me of a the Capital Records building in Los Angeles.

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I think Steve and Apple jumped the shark with this building.

 

I feel the design says "keep out, you are in or you are out, and we are at the center of the universe."

 

The current campus design is friendly.

 

No wonder so many people are vociferously anti-Apple. Which is fine. Can't please everyone and Apple's passions are bound to irritate some, as they always have!

 

So, from a social and psychological standpoint, I don't feel they should build this spaceship.

 

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I feel the design says "keep out, you are in or you are out, and we are at the center of the universe."

 

Their current campus says that. You can't just be on it without purpose. 

Is the land around Apple Campus 2 open to the public? If yes, your position is unfounded. If no, it's still unfounded, as that's how nearly all company industrial parks are. This one's just far prettier.

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Their current campus says that. You can't just be on it without purpose. 

Is the land around Apple Campus 2 open to the public? If yes, your position is unfounded. If no, it's still unfounded, as that's how nearly all company industrial parks are. This one's just far prettier.

I speak not of rules about being on private property. Architecture can be a statement about structures and their reflection and commentary about society.

 

Maybe SJ simply saw his building as a statement of completeness with himself. Could go back to his biological parents' abandonment of him. He was definitely driven by that abandonment and the new HQ could be his closure. It was the last thing he worked on, based on reports.

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I speak not of rules about being on private property. Architecture can be a statement about structures and their reflection and commentary about society.

Maybe SJ simply saw his building as a statement of completeness with himself. Could go back to his biological parents' abandonment of him. He was definitely driven by that abandonment and the new HQ could be his closure. It was the last thing he worked on, based on reports.

Hmm.. I think he's circumstances, personality and drive can very easily make an argument in favour of abandonment issues but I've never heard Jobs, himself, make sure statements to that effect so anything we could possibly say on the matter would be opinion with no factual evidence, just circumstantial evidence to its most literal usage.

I think one could argue that Apple is still keeping with their current facility's 1 Infinite Loop, but instead of it being a continuous loop or a road with multiple building within the building is now a loop. I also think one could argue that it's merely an iconic design because it is atypical among buildings, especially large ones. It's also using a huge amount of glass, but not just any glass but an evolutionary step of the glass they first used as a cube and then as a cylinder in China.

Glass panels of that size aren't easy to make but making them curved makes it even more tricky. They could just use flat panels that are slightly angled when placed and would give the effect on such a large structure but I seem to recall the glass itself will be curved.

Or, maybe it's just a literaly variation of Tolkien's phrase: One ring[ed structure] to rule them all.

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I think I see a particle accelerator in there.

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