A 2.8-million-square-foot spaceship parked in a verdant man-made forest in the northeast corner of Cupertino will be the new headquarters for Apple Inc.
This massive donut of a building is the jewel of the campus. Designed by star architect Norman Foster, whose firm’s well-known works include the bullet-shaped Gherkin in London and the restored Reichstag in Berlin.
It won’t be the only place you’ll find Apple employees on site — a cluster of buildings tucked away at the southern edge of the campus will be reserved for R&D.The campus will house 24,000 Apple employees in an environmentally friendly building that Apple is designing to have no net new environmental impacts.
It will include one of the largest solar arrays in the world for an individual corporate building and is designed to not need air conditioning 70 percent of the time, due to natural heating and cooling.
And when finished, 80 percent of the campus will be greenspace.
Apple’s VP of environmental impact said. “The idea is to bring California back to Cupertino,” says Apple’s senior arborist, David Muffly.
I wonder how many other tech companies have a senior arborist. “Our plan is to transplant the most resilient trees on the campus, and augment them with even more resilient species, such as oaks.”
Norman Foster recalls the genesis of the collaboration, when Steve Jobs called the architect out of the blue one day in 2009. “Hi Norman, I need some help,” Jobs said, and three weeks later they were meeting in person. “One of the most memorable things and perhaps vital to the project was Steve saying, ‘Don’t think of me as a client, think of me as one of your team,’” Foster says.