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Apple's proposed new corporate campus in Cupertino, Calif., has been laid out in three dimensions, with a new miniature rendering commissioned by the company to show off the facilities.

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Photo credit: Dai Sugano, Bay Area News Group.


Apple granted an exclusive look at the rendering of its proposed headquarters to the San Jose Mercury News. Executives from the company also spoke with the newspaper about the project, which they hope will be approved by the Cupertino City Council this Tuesday.

The project is laid out in what was described as a "living-room sized model of the building," showing great detail on what Apple promises to do with its new circular facility. Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer spoke of the "energy and the love and the attention to detail" that the company has put into its proposed plans.

Campus 2
Photo credit: Dai Sugano, Bay Area News Group.


Most recently, the project was given the go-ahead by the Cupertino City Planning Commission last week, setting the stage for its appearance before the city council this week. The council is widely expected to grant final approval at its Oct. 15 meeting.

Also showing off the miniature model to the media was Dan Whisenhunt, director of real estate and facilities for Apple. He touted the green and sustainable nature of the project, which will convert a current location that is mostly asphalt into an environmentally friendly facility that will be 80 percent open space and parkland.

Campus 2
Photo credit: Dai Sugano, Bay Area News Group.


"This will be one of the most environmentally sustainable developments on this scale anywhere in the world," Whisenhunt said. "A building like this will use 30 percent less energy than a typical corporate building in the Valley. And that's 100-percent renewable energy, which is unheard of on this scale."

The proposed facility would be located between North Wolfe Road and North Tantau Avenue, north of the Juniper Serra Freeway and south of East Homestead Road. The company hopes to complete it in 2015.

The Campus 2 project was first presented in 2011 by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in what proved to be his last public appearance. Apple's co-founder said at the time that he believed Apple could "have a shot at building the best office building in the world. I think it could be that good." He also said the facility would look "a little like a spaceship landed."
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Absolutely beautiful architecture. I'm very excited to see this structure built and used.
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How would I go about stealing obtaining an indefinite look at this miniature?

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It looks like, to go to almost anyone else's office, you have to go for a walk in the park (unless you go all the way around which would be inefficient). Steve Jobs used to like walking to help him think (according to biography).
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The design has grown on me... and I honestly think its stellar now. I would love to see it when its finished.

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Absolutely beautiful architecture. I'm very excited to see this structure built and used.

It is beautiful but it seems like a huge pain to walk around. I hope that the underground portion that will house a walkway across the ring will also include a moving sideway to help speed up that process.
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Typically Apple, having the competition running around in circles.
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Kind of looks like they buried a giant new MacPro in the ground. Now im picturing that with every MacPro you buy there are thousands of tiny apple employees running around on the inside to make it all work.
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Still like it but....

I do really like the simplicity, symmetry and design of the building....

 

Just when I first saw it I thought it could have had almost the same design and look from the ground,

had it instead been shaped like a giant stylized Apple Logo instead....

 

I imagine they thought of and rejected that when in planning and I'm sure it would be harder and more expensive to build but still.....

 

Everyone would know when they flew over just what company built this....heck you might even be able to see if from space.

 

I guess that would make resale a bit harder but I doubt they are planning to sell it off anytime soon.

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It is beautiful but it seems like a huge pain to walk around. I hope that the underground portion that will house a walkway across the ring will also include a moving sideway to help speed up that process.

I'm sure they will group teams together within an arc segment. No one but SVP, VP, and Cook needs to walk the whole building.
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It is beautiful but it seems like a huge pain to walk around. I hope that the underground portion that will house a walkway across the ring will also include a moving sideway to help speed up that process.

 

It's California, they can walk across the inner courtyard. Maybe they'll run a few zip lines.

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Wheres the parking lot? Underground? heh
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Absolutely beautiful architecture. I'm very excited to see this structure built and used.

 

Not so sure I'd go so far as to call it Architecture. But it's an okay sculpture I guess. If you like frisbees.

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It looks like, to go to almost anyone else's office, you have to go for a walk in the park (unless you go all the way around which would be inefficient). Steve Jobs used to like walking to help him think (according to biography).

You stay still. The entire building rotates and brings the destination to you

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I can't wait to see it take off! 1biggrin.gif
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It is beautiful but it seems like a huge pain to walk around. I hope that the underground portion that will house a walkway across the ring will also include a moving sideway to help speed up that process.

Your comment has very little, if any, thought behind it. How would or could office access in a square building be better than office access in a circular one? Think different for a change. A circular building would actually give you better and faster access to other offices.

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It indeed stunning. Did they use a 3D printer to make the model? Would have been possible from the plans.
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Your comment has very little, if any, thought behind it. How would or could office access in a square building be better than office access in a circular one? Think different for a change. A circular building would actually give you better and faster access to other offices.

That's not remotely true. Put the square footage of the above ground sections of the ring into a square 4 story building and then tell me how it would take longer to walk between the two furthest point of a square than it would for a ring.
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That's not remotely true. Put the square footage of the above ground sections of the ring into a square 4 story building and then tell me how it would take longer to walk between the two furthest point of a square than it would for a ring.

 

Depends on how you're making this square. If you keep the courtyard in the middle, then it's going to take longer with a square. I think you're taking out the courtyard to make the square (creating lots of sad office space nowhere near a window).

 

Walking across the courtyard will be pretty nice. We're talking about a part of the world where the weather is nearly perfect almost every day of the year.

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All offices are accessible from the center out. How bright are some of us on here?
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Depends on how you're making this square. If you keep the courtyard in the middle, then it's going to take longer with a square. I think you're taking out the courtyard to make the square (creating lots of sad office space nowhere near a window).

Walking across the courtyard will be pretty nice. We're talking about a part of the world where the weather is nearly perfect almost every day of the year.

I'd be using the "traditional" square with 4 equal sides and four right angles. Not sure what other type of square there is.

As for the courtyard, that was the point of my comment.
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FYI: No building in any large corporation allows one a shorter path than that arc. You aren't working with people all over the campus.
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FYI: No building in any large corporation allows one a shorter path than that arc. You aren't working with people all over the campus.

These aren't international flight plans. No arc path is shorter than a straight line and there is no argument you can make to say that an arc is shorter for foot traffic on a flat surface.
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Build a tower in the middle and you'd have iSengard.
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I wonder if they will place a bronze statue of Steve at the center of the park or at least somewhere in a shaded place for people to get inspiration ?
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I might be the lone dissenter, but I look at it this way: Apple didn't become the company they are today by having luxurious offices. They got there by having a stern taskmaster, in the form of Jobs, and by having great, talented people able to pull of the impossible regularly.

I view the campus as a mistake. Keep the cramped offices.

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Depends on how you're making this square. If you keep the courtyard in the middle, then it's going to take longer with a square. I think you're taking out the courtyard to make the square (creating lots of sad office space nowhere near a window).

 

Walking across the courtyard will be pretty nice. We're talking about a part of the world where the weather is nearly perfect almost every day of the year.

Actually if you keep the same area and the same interior width, the distance you will have to walk is exactly the same for circle or a square building, so long the corridor is at the center and not the edges. But if you walk around the external perimeter of the building, a circle will give a smaller distance, while the internal perimeter will be smaller for a square

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Merck in Whitehouse Station NJ has a similar building. It's a pita to walk around is all I will say. The park in the middle is a needed feature.
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It is beautiful but it seems like a huge pain to walk around. I hope that the underground portion that will house a walkway across the ring will also include a moving sideway to help speed up that process.

Segways for the execs, Roombas for everyone else.

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Looks like an inverse White Wall Tire. But when finished, Tim Cook should hide 5 Golden Delicious tickets in Apple products and have those winners with the Golden Delicious Apple tickets tour of the newly built facility including future products and at the end of the tour, Tim retires and "gives" the Apple "Spaceship" campus to the winner!

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These aren't international flight plans. No arc path is shorter than a straight line and there is no argument you can make to say that an arc is shorter for foot traffic on a flat surface.

It is not as simple as that! With this kind of configuration, with a courtyard at the center, the distance you will have to walk is basically the same for circular or squared building with the same area. Shortcuts through the courtyard would be quicker in a squared building though

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It is not as simple as that! With this kind of configuration, with a courtyard at the center, the distance you will have to walk is basically the same for circular or squared building with the same area. Shortcuts through the courtyard would be quicker in a squared building though

Don't be an idiot by counting the courtyard as interior building space. It's an open area. So for you to claim that walking from the far edge of one exterior of the ring to the interior of the ring then directly across the courtyard and from the interior of that side of the ring to the exterior of that side of the ring is the same as walking the same internal space in a building without an expansive courtyard is idiotic.
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Don't be an idiot by counting the courtyard as interior building space. It's an open area. So for you to claim that walking from the far edge of one exterior of the ring to the interior of the ring then directly across the courtyard and from the interior of that side of the ring to the exterior of that side of the ring is the same as walking the same internal space in a building without an expansive courtyard is idiotic.

I think I made it quite clear that both buildings would have a courtyard at the center and the same office area - square and circle. In those conditions you would basically walk the same distance internally from one edge to the other.


Edited by Ppietra - 10/11/13 at 5:53pm
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It is not as simple as that! With this kind of configuration, with a courtyard at the center, the distance you will have to walk is basically the same for circular or squared building with the same area. Shortcuts through the courtyard would be quicker in a squared building though

And corner cases (no pun intended) abound. For example, if you're traveling faster than the speed of light, on a star date ending in .42, while standing on your left foot, the building shape lending to the shortest path would be purple.
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Hard to get around?

Think "Roller Derby"! Easy to envision a nice hardwood track down the center of each floor - just step into your skates and z-o-o-m on down the line to see your cubicle mates! Certainly something Google would do if THEY owned the building, eh?
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I think I made it quite clear that both buildings would have a courtyard at the center and the same office area - square and circle. In those conditions you would basically walk the same distance internally from one edge to the other.

Considering that I started this discussion and you disagreed with my comment change your position is weak.
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This would be so cool if it was like the building from "The Jetsons".

 

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there is no argument you can make to say that an arc is shorter for foot traffic on a flat surface.

 

Underneath the building is a miniature particle accelerator. Apple will utilize wormholes to make curved-line travel within the building shorter than a straight line.

 

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This would be so cool if it was like the building from "The Jetsons".

 

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Edited by Tallest Skil - 10/11/13 at 8:56pm
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