Is Apple’s new HQ tasty enough?
If you worked for Apple, you’d imagine their HQ would be as high-spec as their tech.
Located less than a mile from the company’s existing HQ in Cupertino, and set to house up to 13,000 employees, Apple Campus 2 was one of the last projects Apple founder Steve Jobs was involved in. In fact, he personally presented the details of the four-storey building in June this year to rapturous council members keen to take a bite of whatever juicy plans Apple had in store.
Like a giant hula hoop
Described by Jobs himself as ‘like a spaceship has landed,’ Apple Campus 2 is certainly unusual.
It’s like a giant hula hoop – one long endless circle of metal and glass, dropped in the middle of acres of green space. Creating a ‘serene and secure environment’ for employees, it mirrors Apple’s values of ‘innovation, ease of use and beauty’.
In addition to space for office, research and development and technical support, the plans also feature a proposed gym, café and 1,000 seat auditorium – no doubt for the company to brief its employees on its latest and greatest inventions.
There’s even a proposed park in the centre of the loop for staff to enjoy some outdoor R&R. And you can bet this Apple is green – the entire site will be powered by its own low-carbon plant to minimise environmental impact.
The hoop shape epitomises Apple’s desire to keep things under wraps. The design had to create a ‘physically unified campus’ which reflected Apple’s security needs, and there’s nothing more unified than a never-ending circle. Even its secluded location aids the need for secrecy. The chance of you running into anyone else during your working day, apart from your fellow employees, is remote to say the least.
So will Steve Jobs’ last ‘job’ be a grand design or not? We’ll have to wait until 2015 to find out.