foster + partners: new apple campus design update
foster + partners: new apple campus design update foster + partners: new apple campus design update
aug 16, 2011

foster + partners: new apple campus design update

‘apple campus’ by foster and partners in cupertino, california, USA image © foster and partners, apple inc.



after much buzz and online rumours about a new apple campus designed by internationally renowned practice foster and partners, the official design has been released by the city of cupertino, a suburb in santa clara county, california, USA. situated on a plot measuring approximately 708,200 m2, the new headquarters will accommodate 13,000 employees in one central four-storied circular building. included in the proposal 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.




image © foster and partners, apple inc.



conceived as an environmentally-aware development, the design increases 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 defined by the circular building provides ample green space for apple employees, integrating outdoor elements into their corporate lifestyle.

aiming to provide a unified headquarters that promotes collaboration and communication, the building is a simple circular form that has been extruded to four storeys above grade. the vertical height of the structure has been kept low to maintain a human-scaled sense of space.


scroll down for a video of steve job’s presentation to the cupertino city council to find out more about the project. the first four renderings below are april 2013 releases that reflect a revised plan for the apple campus in light of budget concerns. read more about apple’s rescaled campus here.




new renderings how bike paths integrated into the campus

image courtesy of cupertino city council



image courtesy of cupertino city council



greenery and walkways are now integrated into the plan



the design promotes a healthy live-work balance

image courtesy of cupertino city council



image © foster and partners, apple inc.



image © foster and partners, apple inc.



image © foster and partners, apple inc.



image © foster and partners, apple inc.



image © foster and partners, apple inc.



image © foster and partners, apple inc.






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  • Beautiful design, if only I lived in America so I could go and see it when it is finished.

    tom says:
  • “If you jump up and down in the eastern corridor does does that advance the playlist, and if you run clockwise, does that turn up the volume?”

    Cormac says:
  • Oh Dear, so misguided, so unrelentingly dull, it could spell the end of the apples creativity! Buildings do have that power, and a circular (infinite) loop really embodies placelessness. Apples success has been inventiveness – this building is as far away from inventiveness as you can get. Its more akin to the pentagon? What are they doing going all paranoid and sh1t?

    CEMKM says:
  • I want to know more about this onsite electrical power generation. ?? What is it? Wind? Solar? Geo-Thermal? Coal? That could skew the environmental aspect real quick…

    DES says:
  • They didn´t used the pentagon shape because they are waiting the patent of a pentageon shaped building to be approved so they can sue the USA goverment.

    What? says:
  • Yawn, obviously foster & partners borrowed apple’s bs guide, ‘environmentally-aware development’ – I belive its possible to be aware of something and ignore it at the same time. That’s why apple asian factories are such nice places to work and their products last for such a long time…

    copernicus says:
  • finite poop from infinite loot

    snp5k says:
  • only the super arrogant foster could come up with such a ridiculous building…

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    egoestego says:
  • Beautiful but Master Steve is missing out on somethings
    It should produce food in the garden
    It should harvest electricity on the roof

    dimitri says:
  • Good thing.

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    Marcin says:
  • The top of the parking garage IS topped with solar panels to harvest the sun’s energy.

    And regarding the onsite electrical power generator, it’s natural gas.

    Lester says:

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