Apple Campus 2 Designer Gives Insight Into Planning Process, Talks Scale

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's Campus 2 project, which includes the giant "spaceship"-esque building envisioned by Steve Jobs, has been thoroughly outlined in city plans and models that depict the company's vision for the space, but in an interview with Architectural Record, Norman Foster, who designed the campus, gives some additional insight and context on the planning process behind the project.

    Foster, who is the chairman of Foster + Partners, has led the construction of multiple high-profile buildings, including the massive Hearst Tower in New York and the bean-shaped McLaren Technology Centre that rests on an artificial lake. He helped Jobs design the campus based on Jobs' love of the Main Quad on the Stanford campus, and his desire to reintroduce native flora to the area.

    Foster did a series of case studies, inspired by a London square with a park in the center, which eventually evolved into a perimeter area surrounding a larger outdoor park.
    According to Foster, though the building is large, spanning more than a mile around, it's also compact, much like an airport. To combat the sheer size of the building, its sections have been broken up with cafes, lobbies, and entrances, with each section of the building carefully constructed with social interactions in mind.
    The campus also houses miles of jogging and cycling trails, and Foster says that more than 1,000 bikes will be kept on the site for employees to travel around the campus. Landscaping connections and pathways will also help it to be more easily traversable, and parking will be underground to avoid marring the scenery.

    Currently, construction on Apple's Campus 2 project is well under way, and just a few months after receiving final approval for the campus, Apple has demolished all of the existing buildings on the site, allowing the building portion of the project to begin.

    When finished, the campus will house 12,000 Apple employees and will also include a fitness center, a presentation center, and more. Apple hopes to complete the project by 2016.

    Article Link: Apple Campus 2 Designer Gives Insight Into Planning Process, Talks Scale
  2. macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2004
    Absolutely love the design of this building. Wonder if they will ever give tours of the facility.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Eddy Munn

    Dec 27, 2008
    A staggering amount of people, 12,000 workers in one building.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2014
    Underground parking to save the scenery seems like a fantastic idea, but room for 12,000 employees??? I doubt very many will be carpooling, and from the size of the park outside of the building, public transportation will only be able to get you so close. You've set yourself up for a truly MASSIVE project Apple...
  5. macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    Houston TX
    I wish more companies would aspire to build unique buildings.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    The idea is that the building will be so magnificent that no one will want to go home... ever.
  7. macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2013

    Absolutely amazing building, can't wait to see the real thing. Not to mention their keynotes from there!
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2002
    Where the air is crisp
    we shall call it… infinite loop?
  9. macrumors 6502


    Oct 19, 2005
    Sounds absolutely stunning. Jobs had a great and grand vision for this, I'm so glad it's going to be realised. I can't wait to come visit it! :apple:
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 24, 2013
    Midwest, US
    Anyone else think it looks a lot like one of those motherships from the original V miniseries?
  11. macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    If they do I can foresee a significant boom in South Korean tourists visiting California.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2014
    Fix the Mail App

    Hopefully someone in this new building will be tasked by Tim Cook to fix the broken email application.
  13. macrumors 68030


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    It's a place of business, not a theme park. I highly doubt it.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2002
    Where the air is crisp
    Besides the grandiose gesture it certainly is an interesting concept, but I wonder how people will feel working in the building… it might be a bit disorienting (shape) and dehumanizing (scale)?

    I guess we'll find out, assuming somebody manages to escape :p
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    What if you have a meeting at the other side of the building??? no elevators, time to walk... and a lot!
  16. macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2008
    They forgot to mention the part about it being able to transform into a giant air ship and fly.
  17. macrumors 68000


    Dec 31, 2007
    Durango, Co
    The 12 year old in me still wants to see a terrarium in the middle with Giraffes milling around.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    I want the velociraptors to be in the center. ...Clever girl...
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    This will dance circles around the pentagon! :cool:
  20. macrumors 68000

    Oct 31, 2005
    Looks as if there's not much of a chance that Tim will get a corner office.

    I can't believe that they're initially planning less than a thousand car recharging stations. They'll likely need an iCloud-based reservation system to manage parking.

    I will be interesting to see what architectural cues will be used to let employees know where they are in the building.
  21. macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Th Pentagon is extremely difficult to get around in the simple doors, even finding a bathroom. The building is so old there are so many cables above the drop ceilings it not even funny.

    In some sections maintenance crew are constantly fixing broken water pipes.
  22. macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2012
    That's what the bicycles are for. Besides, biography on Steve spoke of his love for taking walks when thinking or conversing about something important.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2012
    Ever since "The Last of Us", Giraffes have been kind of an emotional subject for me.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2014
    #24 at Globex, we don't believe in walls!

    As a matter of fact, I didn't even give you my coat!

  25. macrumors regular

    May 11, 2009

    With a building this big, bikes are a good way to get around. But is that just in the ring-park or do they have bikes lanes in the building? It's California but it does rain there sometimes !


    That's what your iPhone is for.

    I bet there won't be a version for Android :)

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