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Cupertino.org Posts More Details about Apple's New 'Spaceship' Campus


The City of Cupertino posted more details about Apple's "spaceship" campus that was first revealed in June. The project includes the following:

• An Office, Research and Development Building comprising approximately 2.8 million square feet;
• A 1,000 seat Corporate Auditorium;
• A Corporate Fitness Center;
• Research Facilities comprising approximately 300,000 square feet;
• A Central Plant; and
• Associated Parking.

The new posting also includes Apple's proposal documents (in PDF) that contain the Introduction, Site Plan & Landscaping, Floor Plans and Renderings.



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The overview was revealed back in June, but the availability of the PDFs offer a closer look at what Apple is proposing and higher quality renders of Apple's expected new campus. As Steve Jobs described it back in June:
It's a pretty amazing building. It's a little like a spaceship landed. It's got this gorgeous courtyard in the middle... It's a circle. It's curved all the way around. If you build things, this is not the cheapest way to build something. There is not a straight piece of glass in this building. It's all curved. We've used our experience making retail buildings all over the world now, and we know how to make the biggest pieces of glass in the world for architectural use. And, we want to make the glass specifically for this building here. We can make it curve all the way around the building... It's pretty cool.
The City of Cupertino later revealed they were certain to approve Apple's proposal, and that the structure is expected to be completed in 2015.

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35 months ago
This could easily be the next wonder of the world. I would love to see this building in person!

I'm going to feel bad for 1 Infinite Loop, though. Poor baby..it's going to be overshadowed by the new HQ.
Rating: 10 Positives
35 months ago

Oh OK. So the shareholders are happy to fork over billions every year for the right to say "Designed by Apple in California?" Does anyone care where their computer was designed? If they do then they are buying for the wrong reasons. The only thing that matters is 1. Does the product work 2. Does it work well 3. Do I need/want it. 4. Am I willing to pay the asking price. I fail to see how the geographical origin of the design fits into this equation.

Bottom line, in time, when Apple is experiencing another dip in demand (this will happen again someday ppl) and California taxes are even higher the shareholders will start clamoring for a move to another state or overseas. This will likely be the last building in California that Apple will call home.

p.s. who in the world cares where Steve Jobs grew up or went to school? Do the shareholders care? Does Steve Jobs own 100% of the stock?


This will likely be the last building Apple calls home period, this is their mothership, they will be in this location for at least the rest of the 21st century. Unlike many corporations, Apple actually cares about their company's heritage and culture, and their roots are in Cupertino. I doubt there will be a dip in demand any time soon, they are the ultimate business turnaround story of the century. This building won't be done until 2015, Apple ain't going anywhere anytime soon, face it. And as for Steve, he IS apple. Apple is his baby, he founded it and made it what it is today, and people do care about that. The shareholders don't call all the shots (if any when it comes to Apple). So no, Apple headquarters won't be coming to your local trailer park any time soon, sorry.


A temporary smudge on the planet's crust to celebrate our throw-away culture. Throw away some more indentured workers Apple, as they piece together more useless crap under slave conditions. Wow, look at the share price! The height of human achievement!


....you done? You should read that one at poetry night at your local coffee house and then go home to your shiny new MacBook Air.
Rating: 9 Positives
35 months ago
TBH, i think they need to work with the city to have the address of this building changed to 1 Infinite Loop, because obviously this is the real infinite loop. The address of the old headquarters should be changed to something else.
Rating: 9 Positives
35 months ago


2. Am I the only one who thinks building this in California, an increasingly terrible state for taxes (and a lot of other business related things) is not the best idea? I guess this generation of Tech czars are just too liberal and have so much money that they can afford to cost themselves (and the company) money because they want to stay in beautiful Northern California where all the rest of the cool liberal visionaries live. Maybe 30 years from now when more pragmatic people are running Google, eBay, Apple and Oracle they will think about locating the business headquarters in Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida etc, etc, etc. I guess now they're just making too much money to care about a few billion every year needlessly lost to the welfare state of California.


Suck it up bro. Maybe they don't want to be surrounded by dumb rednecks who do whatever fox news tells them to. Btw way to turn the thread political. Designed by Apple in Kentucky Y'all...doesn't quite have a ring to it.

And PS...
Apple IS a liberal corporation, always has been and always will be. And their roots are in Cupertino because that's where steve jobs grew up. He went to Cupertino Middle School for god's sake.
Rating: 9 Positives
35 months ago
We'll be traveling there...
Rating: 9 Positives
35 months ago
they should make the perimeter in the shape of an apple. Now that would be sick
Rating: 9 Positives
35 months ago

Where do they manufacture glass?


At the glass factory.
(sorry I couldn't resist)
Rating: 8 Positives
35 months ago

they should make the perimeter in the shape of an apple. Now that would be sick


Except for the team that gets stuck in the leaf...
Rating: 8 Positives
35 months ago

First of all the rooms inside don't have to be totally round, they can have flat walls and a rounded window. As for the weather, it rains very little in cupertino, so i doubt this is much of a concern. It's SoCal. Won't kill people to take a walk around the building a couple of time a year.


Cupertino isn't in Southern California. It's in Northern California, which gets a bit more rainfall than SoCal. Cupertino averages 18 inches of rain annually.
Rating: 8 Positives
35 months ago
Compare this design with Microsoft's campus. Their campuses reflect their individual personalities... and a reflection of their products/style.

Microsoft - big, boring, typical, etc.

Apple - innovative, unique, wow factor, etc.
Rating: 7 Positives

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