Archinect - News 2014-11-27T17:04:35-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/110815874/why-steve-jobs-obsessed-about-office-design-and-yes-bathroom-locations Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations) Archinect 2014-10-08T19:50:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T09:08:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tr/trc8f4zcjx1pjq8c.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Steve Jobs designed a new headquarters for Pixar, he obsessed over ways to structure the atrium, and even where to locate the bathrooms, so that serendipitous personal encounters would occur. Among his last creations was the plan for Apple&rsquo;s new signature headquarters, a circle with rings of open workspaces surrounding a central courtyard.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/26646050/steve-jobs-s-real-genius Steve Jobs’s Real Genius Archinect 2011-11-07T14:47:00-05:00 >2013-01-31T13:30:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ee/ee29101af938d233338f86832e036087.jpg" width="233" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As his life wound down, and cancer claimed his body, his great passion was designing Apple&rsquo;s new, three-million-square-foot headquarters, in Cupertino. Jobs threw himself into the details. &ldquo;Over and over he would come up with new concepts, sometimes entirely new shapes, and make them restart and provide more alternatives,&rdquo; Isaacson writes. He was obsessed with glass, expanding on what he learned from the big panes in the Apple retail stores.</p></em><br /><br /><p> &ldquo;There would not be a straight piece of glass in the building,&rdquo; Isaacson writes. &ldquo;All would be curved and seamlessly joined. . . . The planned center courtyard was eight hundred feet across (more than three typical city blocks, or almost the length of three football fields), and he showed it to me with overlays indicating how it could surround St. Peter&rsquo;s Square in Rome.&rdquo; The architects wanted the windows to open. Jobs said no. He &ldquo;had never liked the idea of people being able to open things. &lsquo;That would just allow people to screw things up.&rsquo; &rdquo;</p>