Archinect - News 2017-08-18T12:45:10-04:00 Wired gets up close and personal with Apple's new Foster-designed campus Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-19T18:01:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T18:01:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As with any Apple product, its shape would be determined by its function. This would be a workplace where people were open to each other and open to nature, and the key to that would be modular sections, known as pods, for work or collaboration.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since 2009, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster and Partners</a> have been working on a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">headquarters for the tech giant Apple</a>, originally in close collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steve Jobs</a>, its founder, who saw it as one of his last crucial contribution to his legacy. Even though dramatic photographs of the ring-shaped structure have been flooding the Internet for some time now, there hasn&rsquo;t really been any deep dives into the mega-project&mdash;until now.</p><p></p><p>Writing for <em>Wired, </em>Steven Levy weaves together long-awaited details about its appearance with issues of architectural representation and the brand identity of Apple, which the &ldquo;spaceship&rdquo; is intended to embody.</p><p><em>&ldquo;Inside the 755-foot tunnel, the white tiles along the wall gleam like a recently installed high-end bathroom; it's what the Lincoln Tunnel must have looked like the day it opened, before the first smudge of soot sullied its walls. And as we emerge into the light, the Ring comes into view. As the Jeep orbits it, the sun glistens off the building's curved glass surface. Th...</em></p> Perfectionists versus contractors: the details of building the Apple Campus Julia Ingalls 2017-02-09T13:45:00-05:00 >2017-02-12T01:23:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the most vexing features was the doorways, which Apple wanted to be perfectly flat, with no threshold. The construction team pushed back, but Apple held firm. The rationale? If engineers had to adjust their gait while entering the building, they risked distraction from their work, according to a former construction manager. &ldquo;We spent months trying not to do that because that&rsquo;s time, money and stuff that&rsquo;s never been done before,&rdquo; the former construction manager said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although detail-obsessed architects can often find working with broad-strokes contractors to be challenging, there's one group of designers with perhaps even more rigorous attention to detail: the team at Apple. According to this article in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, the actual building of the "spaceship" Apple Campus in Cupertino has been an unusually precise experience for those working in construction. According to the article, among many other requirements, "Apple's in-house construction team enforced many rules: No vents or pipes could be reflected in the glass. Guidelines for the special wood used frequently throughout the building ran to some 30 pages." Think perfect?</p> Watch this 6-month time lapse drone video of the Apple Campus 2 Alexander Walter 2016-12-16T18:47:00-05:00 >2016-12-26T15:31:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With all the drone construction videos of the new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple Campus 2</a> (AC2) circulating on the interwebs, it's easy to lose track of what the progress has been on this Foster-designed Goliath of a project just in recent months.</p><p>Luckily this latest 4K video by Matthew Roberts on YouTube provides a handy 6-month time lapse of key campus sites, like 'the Spaceship,' auditorium/theater, primary access tunnel, research &amp; development facility, the atrium, main parking garages, fitness center, maintenance facility, and the infamous 'mountain of dirt.'</p><p>Watch the video further below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>All images via Matthew Roberts' <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drone video</a> on YouTube.</em></p><p>More recent AC2 news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New photos of the interior and exterior of Apple's Norman Foster-designed campus</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's spaceship campus, by the numbers (including an estimated $5b price tag)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Apple's campus design about making the corporation your entire life?</a></li></ul> Apple's new spaceship campus is taking shape Alexander Walter 2016-03-15T15:30:00-04:00 >2016-03-17T23:30:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple's new campus has received significant attention during its development phase [...] Apple has shared with Mashable exclusive details and photos of its new corporate offices, including the theater that will serve as the venue for future Apple product launches. While we've been hearing about the design of the campus and its facilities for nearly five years, installation of the massive, curved glass panels that surround the Main Building&rsquo;s spaceship-like design is about 33% complete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few more photos of the latest construction progress. Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mashable</a> for more images.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Foster + Partners-designed structure previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's spaceship campus being built to iPhone standards</a></li></ul> Proposed 30-acre green roof would be the world's largest Nicholas Korody 2015-09-09T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-09-09T14:27:48-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A South Bay developer is reimagining&nbsp;an outdated Cupertino mall by building the world&rsquo;s largest green roof on top of it. The Vallco Shopping Mall, bought by Sand Hill Property Company for $316 million last year, is destined to become a 30-acre elevated public park that will connect shops to offices, trails and vineyards. The $3 billion design was inspired by&nbsp;&ldquo;starchitect&rdquo; Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, who is working alongside&nbsp;Olin Landscape Architects to replace most [of] the Valleco Shopping Mall...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>&nbsp;</p> Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck Alexander Walter 2015-07-30T14:12:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T12:43:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You&rsquo;ll will still be able to gaze lovingly upon the ultra-sleek new Cupertino &ldquo;Spacehip&rdquo; campus &mdash; no drones required. Buried in city documents filed this spring are previously unreported plans for a new visitor&rsquo;s center &mdash; complete with a store and viewing platform. Apple&rsquo;s 2013 approvals for the massive project included the ability for Apple to build a visitor&rsquo;s center, but a detailed project description had not been submitted until April.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img src=""></p> <p>Related:</p> <ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's spaceship campus being built to iPhone standards</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple under fire for not hiring construction workers with past felonies for their new campus</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet'</a></li></ul> Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus Archinect 2015-01-05T11:55:00-05:00 >2015-01-07T11:58:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction is moving along on Apple's new concentric campus dubbed the "spaceship". Today high resolution drone footage was released (unofficially) showing the current status.&nbsp;</p> First photos of enormous facade element for Apple's UFO Archinect 2014-07-08T19:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T12:38:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Photos have emerged of what looks like the first facade piece for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's new mega HQ</a>.</p><p>While civil engineering is now well underway at the site in Cupertino, California, the facade element was spotted thousands of miles away in the tiny Bavarian town of Gundelfingen. Josef Gartner GmbH, a Germany company specialized in steel-and-glass construction, had won the contract to deliver the facade elements for Apple's UFO, and it appears that the first prototype has now been put on display for presentation and testing.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Images show how the minimal curvature of the facade element foreshadows the colossal scale of the final, completed building with two of these elements eventually stacked on top of each other.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Completion of the&nbsp;Foster + Partners-designed headquarters is expected for 2016.</p><p><em>H/T and photos: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ifun</a></em></p><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Confidential" architectural drawings of new Apple HQ leaked</a></p> Cupertino council clears huge Apple 'spaceship' campus for liftoff Archinect 2013-10-16T11:31:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T20:57:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple's proposed new spaceship-shaped headquarters got a super-charged blast-off Tuesday night when the Cupertino City Council voted unanimously to approve the 2.8-million-square-foot behemoth beside Interstate 280, fulfilling a dream of co-founder Steve Jobs, hatching an iconic landmark for Silicon Valley, and promising more congestion in an already traffic-challenged region for decades to come.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Apple headquarters plan moves forward; Foster + Partners seek architects in Cupertino Archinect 2013-10-04T11:50:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:29:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Planning Commission in Cupertino, where Apple has its current headquarters, endorsed the project this week. It now goes to the City Council, which is expected to vote on it on Oct. 15.</p></em><br /><br /><p> As news spreads that Apple's new Cupertino headquarters moves closer to approval, Foster + Partners pushes forward with recruiting architects for the high-profile California project. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">See their current job openings here</a>.</p> Apple vs. Amazon: Whose new headquarters is cooler? Archinect 2012-09-20T19:00:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T13:31:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m no architecture critic, but the word &ldquo;iconic&rdquo; keeps popping to mind. In an industry full of soulless suburban campuses, give Jeff Bezos &amp; Co. credit for building this in the city, at least.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The geeks speak on two new planned tech campuses. Which one do you prefer?</p> Gov. Brown gives fast-track status to Apple headquarters Archinect 2012-07-03T17:26:00-04:00 >2012-07-08T10:42:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Apple's state-of-the art campus brings at least $100 million dollars in investment to California and generates no additional greenhouse gas emissions," Brown said in a statement to this newspaper, listing two of the requirements Apple had met to qualify under the law. "On-site fuel cells and 650,000 square feet of solar panels will provide clean, renewable energy for more than 12,000 Apple employees on the new campus."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer sends brochure to Cupertino neighbors inviting feedback on new ‘Campus 2′ Paul Petrunia 2012-05-20T11:40:00-04:00 >2012-05-20T13:38:55-04:00 <img src="" width="489" height="655" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Campus 2, as it is currently called, will not replace the 1 Infinite Loop campus. Instead, it will provide &ldquo;research facility&rdquo; office space for an additional 13,000 employees, which is more than 3,000 than 1 Infinite Loop. There is also 300,000 feet of expansion space for future growth.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> If you care about cities, return that new iPad Paul Petrunia 2012-03-15T17:20:00-04:00 >2012-10-11T17:20:12-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple is actually taking a site that is now parking lots and low-rise boxes and making it worse for the community. Yes, it will be iconic, assuming you think a building shaped like a whitewall motorcycle tire is iconic, but it will reduce current street connectivity, seal off potential walking routes and, as I wrote some time back, essentially turn its back on its community. With a parking garage designed to hold over ten thousand cars, by the way.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Kaid Benfield, staff member at the Natural Resources Defense Council, slams Apple on it's proposed new HQ in Cupertino.</p> <p> Before you run off to return your idevices, though, consider that the new Archinect iPhone app will be released shortly ;)</p> <p> Related:</p> <ul><li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's new headquarters lacks vision</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plans for new Apple HQ, by Norman Foster, officially released</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steve Jobs Proposes Spaceship-Shaped Cupertino Campus</a><br> &nbsp;</li> </ul> Plans for new Apple HQ, by Norman Foster, officially released Archinect 2011-08-15T11:05:17-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you love Apple and fine ingenious design as much as we do, you will be thrilled to hear that the beautiful, environmentally-aware Foster + Partners designed new Apple Campus is now one step closer to becoming a reality. The Cupertino City Council has just announced that Apple Inc. has submitted a development proposal for their new Apple Campus.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New ideas for sustainable architecture in the Americas Paul Petrunia 2011-07-05T13:30:19-04:00 >2011-07-05T13:30:38-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... in Rio de Janeiro, city officials are working with architects to integrate the notorious favelas with the rest of the city by new cable car lines and a walkway designed by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer designed. Rio's government and business community are also funding the Morar Carioca architectural competition that will hire 30 architects to build healthy homes, schools, and clinics for the city's poorest 200,000 residents.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Steve goes to the mayor (again) Paul Petrunia 2011-06-09T17:50:50-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="631" height="470" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Maybe they just couldn&rsquo;t come up with any questions. So here are a few: Can you confirm that the architect of the building is Norman Foster, like everyone&rsquo;s reporting? Is Apple going to make the grounds open to the public so they can enjoy the fifty billion trees that he&rsquo;ll be planting? Will there be any kind of programming in the new auditorium that can expose the next generation to careers in technology and science? Could you share your awesome private transit system with the public?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Alissa Walker, aka Gelatobaby, has penned a great piece in response to the highly circulated presentation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's new headquarters</a> to the Cupertino city council.</p> <p> Also, our friends at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OpenBuildings</a> have <a href=";feature=channel_video_title" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">posted a hilarious mashup</a> of the event to YouTube.</p> Steve Jobs Proposes Spaceship-Shaped Cupertino Campus Paul Petrunia 2011-06-08T13:06:51-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="586" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Apple] has staff scattered in rented buildings throughout the city. The plan for the future campus puts 12,000 to 13,000 employees inside a single four-story oval building. Jobs made a convincing case for what he calls "a shot at building the best office building in the world." By moving parking underground, 80% of the 150-acre property will be landscaped. Apple has hired the lead arborist from Stanford to fill it with 6,000 trees, and the company will build its own energy center power source.</p></em><br /><br /><p> We assume this design is by Norman Foster, judging from the design and rendering style, but we don't have confirmation.</p> <p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster tapped to design new Apple campus</a></p> Norman Foster tapped to design new Apple campus Paul Petrunia 2010-12-06T12:05:34-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="436" height="462" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect has some pretty incredible plans, including an underground tunnel system linking the two campuses (called it). In fact, the entire road transportation system will operate through a network of tunnels (tubes?) that will clear the surface areas for green. &ldquo;The buildings which will house the engineers and R&amp;D will also be multifunctional and will incorporate cutting-edge technology in materials and equipment as well as renewable energy resources,&rdquo; according to the report.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Norman Foster has been selected to design the new Apple campus on HP's old campus which Apple recently purchased for $300m. Good choice!</p>