Leaked image shows architecture plans for Apple's 'spaceship' campus

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
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.

Campus


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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  • Reply 1 of 31


    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.

  • Reply 2 of 31
    I like how the tables and benches look like Apple Store furniture :P
  • Reply 3 of 31
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member


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

  • Reply 4 of 31
    Interesting vent system at the window head. Would like to see more detail on how it will work.
  • Reply 5 of 31

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    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...

  • Reply 6 of 31


    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™.






    Originally Posted by UrbanVerb View Post

    Yawn...



     


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

  • Reply 7 of 31
    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...
  • Reply 8 of 31
    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
  • Reply 9 of 31
    Is it patented yet? :-)
  • Reply 10 of 31
    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).
  • Reply 11 of 31
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
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  • Reply 12 of 31
    Beautiful building. I would love to see more details or better have a tour but I highly doubt that would ever happen.
    Great website update AI.
  • Reply 13 of 31
    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member
    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.

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  • Reply 14 of 31


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


    Quote:

    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.



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


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MacCad View Post



    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?

  • Reply 15 of 31
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post



    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. image

  • Reply 16 of 31


    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!

  • Reply 17 of 31
    poochpooch Posts: 768member
    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 ...
  • Reply 18 of 31
    antkm1antkm1 Posts: 1,441member
    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
  • Reply 19 of 31
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,152member

    Quote:

    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.



     


    Through continuity in the structural system.


     


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MacCad View Post



    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.

  • Reply 20 of 31

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MacCad View Post



    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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