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Apple is gearing up to begin construction on its largest project ever later this year: Apple Campus 2. Here's a detailed look at the Cupertino, California site where the company plans to build its iconic new "spaceship" headquarters.

Apple's existing world headquarters



Apple's current headquarters are located near interstate 280 and De Anza Boulevard, an address depicted in the company's Maps icon for iOS. The existing six-building campus is ringed by a road the company named "Infinite Loop," which itself is surrounded by a series of parking lots.

1 Infinite Loop Apple HQ


Apple's new Campus 2 project is located about a mile east, visible at the top of the map in this Flyover view, just past the next freeway interchange. Once completed, Apple will migrate about 12,000 workers to the new site, but will also retain its existing Infinite Loop headquarters and other offices. Some employees have already been briefed as to whether they'll be making the move or not.

1 Infinite Loop Apple HQ Flyover


Apple's current 850,000 square foot main office complex was completed in 1993, allowing the company to centralize its operations from a variety of rented office space locations formerly spread around Cupertino and surrounding areas. Apple also operates a series of other offices to the south and on the west side of de Anza along Valley Green and Bandley Drive, in addition to a number of other locations scattered around the area.

Over the past decade, Apple has been aggressively expanding. Back in 2005, a report by Silicon Valley Business Journal noted that the company had "gobbled up" a series of offices in the area, then amounting to 2 million square feet of space.

The entire city, the report noted at the time, had less than 10 million square feet of commercial space in total, about half of which was offices and the rest being research and development buildings. With occupancy rates at 8-13 percent, Apple was having trouble finding enough space even then, and was seeking out new space covertly in order to avoid being charged more by landlords aware of Apple's predicament.

"Apple is very quietly going around and taking 20,000 feet here and 30,000 feet there and really doing it quite quietly," the report cited real estate broker Jim Beeger as saying. "Ironically, a lot of these buildings Apple moved out of in the 1990s."

Apple's appetite for expansion eyes a second campus



We've rented every scrap of building we could find in CupertinoIn 2006, Steve Jobs addressed the Cupertino city council, saying that Apple's employees were now spread around "thirty other buildings now and they keep getting further and further away from the campus." He added, "We've rented every scrap of building we could find in Cupertino."

Jobs revealed at the time that Apple had quietly bought up nine separate nearby parcels of land to make up a new 50 acre campus, and intended to build a new complex capable of housing 3,000 to 3,500 employees.

"We'll probably get larger still," he noted.

Four years later, Apple's desperate appetite office space had grown even greater. In 2010, the company lucked out when HP decided to sell its large Pruneridge Campus, across the street from the land Apple already owned. Apple's acquisition of the land resulted in a combined 148 acre plot capable of accommodating a huge new campus.

Apple land Cupertino


Just over two years ago in late 2010, Apple's head of Public Relations Steve Dowling said of the company's expansion plans, "we now occupy 57 buildings in Cupertino and our campus is bursting at the seams. These offices will give us more space for our employees as we continue to grow."


Current use of Campus 2 land



Apple's land slated for construction currently has a series of existing buildings on it, some of which Apple actively uses, including several large office buildings on Ridgeview Court (shown in the top two photos below) and Vallco Parkway (bottom two photos below), both of which are on the part of the land the company has owned since 2006.

Apple Campus 2 existing buildings

Apple Campus 2 existing buildings


Apple Campus 2 existing buildings

Apple Campus 2 existing buildings


Other buildings on the Campus 2 site appear to be abandoned, with unkempt lots surrounded by chain link fences. Some areas have security guards limiting access. While Apple likely makes some use of the HP buildings it acquired in 2010 (shown in the photos below), most of these properties do not appear to be in any active use.

Apple Campus 2 existing buildings

Apple Campus 2 existing buildings

Apple Campus 2 existing buildings

Apple Campus 2 existing buildings

Apple Campus 2 existing buildings


Interestingly, a variety of the existing HP buildings have circular features that appear to serve as harbingers of the company's new plans for its iconic "spaceship building," as shown in Apple's own Maps Flyover (the company recently extended Flyover models through Cupertino, including the Campus 2 site despite its short term plans to demolish the buildings on it).

Apple Campus 2 Flyover



Apple's New Campus 2



Jobs first outlined plans for the new the Campus 2 project in a presentation to the Cupertino city council in June 2011. The project was designed by noted architect Norman Foster.

spaceship campus


Earlier this week, Apple's current chief executive Tim Cook responded to question related to the status of the project at the company's annual shareholder meeting. Cook noted that the Campus 2 site currently has nearly 2.7 million square feet of office space spread around it, and that 80 percent of the land is covered by parking lots.

The company's plan will bulldoze the existing buildings and construct a primary four story circular building with 2.8 million square feet, roughly three times the size of its current main campus on Infinite Loop. After the project is finished, paved parking will cover only 20 percent of the land, thanks to underground parking and a separate parking structure.

In addition, Cook noted that the company has plans to expand its existing shuttle bus service to enable around 30 percent of the roughly 12,000 employees working at the new site to get to work without driving at all. This reduction in required parking will contribute toward Apple's plans to replace the existing vast areas of asphalt with trees and green open space, including orchards of apricots that pay homage to the original agricultural use of land.

Apple Campus 2, with more space for everything



While Apple originally hoped to break ground last year, planning delays have held up construction. However, Cook announced this week that Apple hopes to begin construction this year, and said that the first Apple employees will likely be moving into the new Campus 2 by 2016.

spaceship campus 2


Apple Campus


Apple Campus


Cook also told shareholders that the new project would better accommodate large events. Apple's existing Infinite Loop complex holds a Town Hall theater and executive briefing room, but space is limited. For several years, Apple has pushed overflow crowds of shareholders and media observers into a separate room. This year, the company filed even larger crowds through its separate cafe area, which was partially converted into a third overflow area, complete with large screens for viewing the proceedings occurring in the main theater.

Once the new campus is complete, Apple will be able to host all of its visitors in a main large new theater. Cook specifically said it would comfortably host shareholder meetings in the future, but it's also likely Apple will begin hosting other new events there, such the iPod and iPad unveilings it has historically held in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The land around Apple Campus 2



Apple Cupertino Campus 2


Apple's massive new project is bordered by residential houses to the north (which currently sit opposite the existing, former HP office park). To the east, the project boundaries are ringed with other offices (including some used by Apple), as well as a Kaiser Permanente medical facility. To the west is the tree lined Wolfe Road (below) with a strip mall, a couple of nicer motels and an apartment complex (which Apple unsuccessfully tried to acquire) at the Wolfe 280 freeway interchange.

Apple Campus 2 neighbors


Apple's current plans for Campus 2 end at the freeway, rather than including the land the company owns and uses to the south, which was part of the original 2006 plan.

South of this Vallco Parkway region, which Apple already has in active use, there is a swath of land being developed as moderate density condominium housing over retail. The southern portion of Apple's land was initially zoned for similar residential use, something that held back the company from getting started with its initial plans in 2006.

This new housing, now under construction on Vallco Parkway (below), sits adjacent to the dowdy, virtually deserted 1970's Vallco Mall complex (far right end of image), the ground floor of which is currently closed and under renovation. The open upper level of the mall, which stretches across Wolfe Road via a skybridge, houses a theater, bowling alley and a few other shops anchored by a sad looking JC Penny, Macy's and Sears.

Apple Campus 2 neighbors

Apple Campus 2 neighbors

Apple Campus 2 neighbors


No place like home



Apple has been a fixture of Cupertino ever since founders Jobs and Steve Wozniak located the new company there in 1977, after about a year of working out of the garage of Jobs' parents, in nearby Los Altos.

Jobs went to high school in Cupertino and expressed an affinity for the town in 2006, when he first addressed Cupertino's City Council regarding the company's initial land purchase.

Jobs told council members he had looked at cheaper land in other places when considering where to locate Apple's second campus. "But after looking at a lot of things, we found something in Cupertino that was a possibility," Jobs said. "It was more expensive, a lot more expensive than we could get elsewhere, but it was something where we could stay in the area that we like the best."
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Infinite Loop is still going to be a campus.
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Imagine the amount of optical cable going into that new building!
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Infinite Loop is still going to be a campus.

The author is referring to the abandoned HP campus.

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Imagine the amount of optical cable going into that new building!

Optical Thunderbolt to every desk. That's one way to use that $137 billion.

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Optical Thunderbolt to every desk. That's one way to use that $137 billion.

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At least for once it's a legitimate reason for the stock to drop.

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Infinite Loop is still going to be a campus.

 I wonder who's going in the new building.  I heard the executive team would be staying at IL. 

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I think that somebody made a joke in the previous thread about this topic, about how Samsung was probably going to make their own campus.

 

And what do you know? Samsung is indeed making their own damn campus too, nearby Apple's campus in Silicon Valley!

 

The building will be located at 1 Copycat Loop.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/27/4034988/samsung-silicon-valley-campus-pictures

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Breaking News:

<spin/ Apple to retreat behind circular fortress.

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Samsung is indeed making their own damn campus too, nearby Apple's campus in Silicon Valley!

 

 

If you made this kind of stuff up, you'd be ostracized… What's a more forceful word than 'shameless'? They're beyond shameless at this point.

 

What are the blue things supposed to be, swimming pools?

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More Breaking News:

Samsung to open its doors to Silicon Valley startups. More innovation promised.

 

 

 

 

Jeez, that buildings fugly.

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If you made this kind of stuff up, you'd be ostracized… What's a more forceful word than 'shameless'? They're beyond shameless at this point.

What are the blue things supposed to be, swimming pools?

They aren't using rounded corners, I see.

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Man, looks like this thing is going to take forever to build. I'd kill for a chance to tour it when it's done though. 

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The building will be located at 1 Copycat Loop.

1 Infinity Plus One Oval. Notice the innovation.
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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post
They aren't using rounded corners, I see.

 

Oh? Look at the courtyard.

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If you made this kind of stuff up, you'd be ostracized… What's a more forceful word than 'shameless'? They're beyond shameless at this point.

What are the blue things supposed to be, swimming pools?

Borg cube??? And Apple's concept looks like a hollowed out Enterprise saucer section.
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I don't think Apple should give the spaceship an address on "Pruneridge Ave"... I say Apple should rename Pruneridge Ave to Steve Jobs Way. And the campus would be located at 1 Steve Jobs Way.

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I don't think Apple should give the spaceship an address on "Pruneridge Ave"... I say Apple should rename Pruneridge Ave to Steve Jobs Way. And the campus would be located at 1 Steve Jobs Way.

 

But it's no longer his way or the highway. I'm for renaming Infinite Loop.

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I don't think Apple should give the spaceship an address on "Pruneridge Ave"... I say Apple should rename Pruneridge Ave to Steve Jobs Way. And the campus would be located at 1 Steve Jobs Way.


Apple can't rename a public road. However, if the Campus 2's driveway is long enough, it could be named Steven P Jobs Way.

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It's called the TARDIS.

 

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It's called the TARDIS.

And it's technically a police box. Get it right, Picard!

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Still can't believe he's gone.. 1frown.gif
Steve RIP
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 I wonder who's going in the new building.  I heard the executive team would be staying at IL. 

 

Apple employees will be in the new building.

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Still can't believe he's gone.. 1frown.gif
Steve RIP

Perhaps the Budapest statue of Steve should be moved to the center court yard.

 

What's up with asymmetrical spokes on the upper right portion of the circumference?

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What's up with asymmetrical spokes on the upper right portion of the circumference?

If I am remembering the plans correctly that corner is the official entrance which could make that entire section between one and two-o'clock a large lobby area for presentation purposes. The foliage inside and outside the ring in that area would appear to support that notion.

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Very niece building, but personally I would have preferred a slightly elliptic shape (like the Coliseum).

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Well, at least let's give Samsung some credit...it's not round. 1biggrin.gif

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Well, at least let's give Samsung some credit...it's not round. 1biggrin.gif

But not very innovative ¡

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Re: Tallest's post (11)

 

Observation posts for overlooking the Campus 2, above & below the tree foliage?

 

Hell, Samsung's design even looks like it is based on an upside-down photocopier, with the windows looking like air vents & the light at ground level being the copier in use. lol.gif

 

The only thing wrong with the name Samsung is they missed out the h after the 1st S, & the e before the 2nd.

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Are they really proud of building a giant space heater next to what will become one of the most unique buildings in the world?

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It won't be long before someone discovers the new building has an ARM chip embedded, with 2GB of RAM.

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What's up with asymmetrical spokes on the upper right portion of the circumference?
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If I am remembering the plans correctly that corner is the official entrance which could make that entire section between one and two-o'clock a large lobby area for presentation purposes. The foliage inside and outside the ring in that area would appear to support that notion.

 

That's the dining area, as this image shows. There are extra "spokes" there because the entire height of the building is open across that area.

 

EDIT: I don't think it's fair that the bot can have post-wide (and wider) images and we're limited to a preview of 500px. The choosing sizes thing is stupid; just drop it inline and show the full size…


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Apple employees will be in the new building.

My question was who from IL will be coming over.  And then what happens to their space at IL?

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My question was who from IL will be coming over.  And then what happens to their space at IL?

 

Everyone, plus everyone from all the other buildings in Cupertino they either own or rent.

 

Infinite Loop is kept for further expansion. They need it.

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The problem with all of these "campuses" is that they have no involvement with the street and as such, greenery or not, reinforce the automobile culture. The closed campus approach also reinforces Apple's paranoia and secrecy. All such companies act like they're the KGB or that they're protecting Area 51.

If Apple loves Cupertino so much, imagine if they had instead integrated the new facility with the town and the street life, instead of isolating it and if they had also built (or helped build) a futuristic public transportation system where you truly didn't need a car to get to work.

Some months back, I looked at the detailed plans and I can't believe it's not going to be a nightmare getting in and out of the garages during rush hours.

It's great that Apple is supposedly eliminating acres of parking lots and planting trees instead, but if they really wanted to be a leader, they would have gone even farther in rethinking what a corporate environment should be like.

Wonder what's going to happen with the land that they're not using for this new campus. Holding it in case they have to expand yet again? Even though I don't live there and rarely visit there, I'd love to see them turn some of it into a public park.
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The problem with all of these "campuses" is that they have no involvement with the street and as such, greenery or not, reinforce the automobile culture. The closed campus approach also reinforces Apple's paranoia and secrecy. All such companies act like they're the KGB or that they're protecting Area 51.

If Apple loves Cupertino so much, imagine if they had instead integrated the new facility with the town and the street life, instead of isolating it and if they had also built (or helped build) a futuristic public transportation system where you truly didn't need a car to get to work.

Some months back, I looked at the detailed plans and I can't believe it's not going to be a nightmare getting in and out of the garages during rush hours.

It's great that Apple is supposedly eliminating acres of parking lots and planting trees instead, but if they really wanted to be a leader, they would have gone even farther in rethinking what a corporate environment should be like.

Wonder what's going to happen with the land that they're not using for this new campus. Holding it in case they have to expand yet again? Even though I don't live there and rarely visit there, I'd love to see them turn some of it into a public park.

You made some good points. I wish more people used public transportation but unfortunately in the US and particularly in California, people view the car as an extension of the home. You see them eating and putting on make up, reading books at stop lights, even shaving with an electric razor. Many have their gym bag in the trunk or plan to do grocery shopping on the way home so their lifestyles are incompatible with public transportation.

 

As far as the public park suggestion, if they allow public use, they can never take the land back.

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Borg cube??? And Apple's concept looks like a hollowed out Enterprise saucer section.

Saucer section? Not exactly a Trekkie, are you? 1wink.gif
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The problem with all of these "campuses" is that they have no involvement with the street and as such, greenery or not, reinforce the automobile culture. The closed campus approach also reinforces Apple's paranoia and secrecy. All such companies act like they're the KGB or that they're protecting Area 51.

 

To keep out the peeping toms.

 

 

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To keep out the peeping toms.

Don't you mean peeping Kwons?

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