inside apple's cupertino spaceship campus by foster + partners
inside apple's cupertino spaceship campus by foster + partners inside apple's cupertino spaceship campus by foster + partners
nov 12, 2013

inside apple's cupertino spaceship campus by foster + partners

a look inside apple’s cupertino spaceship campus by foster + partners
all images courtesy city of cupertino




almost a month after apple had unveiled the scale model of the foster + partners-designed curved glass apple headquarters in cupertino, new renders of the final HQ plan have been uncovered by wired. apple campus 2, which was approved by city officials last month, will sit on a plot of 176-acres of land, accommodating approximately 12,000 employees within the south bay city of 60,000 people. included in the plan is a 260,128 m2 office, research and development building, 1000-seat auditorium, 27,870 m2 research facilities, and a generating plant that will serve as the campus’ primary source of electricity. the net-zero architectural development has been conceived as an environmentally-aware scheme, which will increase the existing landscape on the site by 350%.





the majority of the asphalt parking will be moved underground to make room for 6,000 indigenous trees and network of foot paths. the central courtyard is defined by the circular building, providing ample green space for apple employees that integrates outdoor elements into their corporate lifestyle.



entrance to the campus



the landscape features abundant greenspace and walking paths for pedestrians



field leading up to the HQ



employees relaxing outside



another entrance to the campus



office life outdoors – view from within the inside of the ring



visitor’s entrance



press pavilion



  • But where will I park the new Tesla I’m gonna buy with next months bonus??

    dickie says:
  • Its definitely NOT the best building possible. the best building would be in an urban environment, with integrated housing for shorter commutes and woven into the exisyting social fabric, not isolated and pristine like a Temple to Apple. 176 acre suburban behomoths like this are relics of the bad planning of the 60s, doesn’t matter how energy efficient it is.

    JJ says:
  • Dah! fine line between minimal and banal

    firas says:
  • How do functional groups expand and contract at will in a circular footprint? How do you maintain adjacencies as groups morph and roil when girdled on all sides?

    Alex says:
  • Apple chose a site which was formerly used by Hewlett Packard. Regarding the model of the headquarters, someone had criticized making the roof black in Southern California. Apple is headquartered in Cupertino which is near San Jose.

    Silicon Valley Resident says:
  • looks like a sect…

    tom says:
  • What happens if I want to go to the opposite side of the circle? In a skyscraper I take the lift to go the same distance … how much time will be wasted walking? Are there moving floors? Bicycles?

    Robert de Vos says:
  • That’s a good point Robert !
    Perhaps they have an underground moving walkway.

    Alexander Kandisaputro says:
  • The roof is black because it is covered in PV panels. Its true its car-centric and anti-urban in the traditional sense but it is brilliant when considered in the context of visionary urban planners like LeDoux and others. It is self contained and proprietary and cleanly efficient. It is perhaps the best example of an Apple product in that sense. I especially applaud the green space which is as critical to the life of a city as any prescribed notions of contextualism.

    DBLab says:

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