Steve Jobs reveals Apple's new campus
Cheekily dubbed the iBuilding, the plans for Apple’s latest and greatest undertaking – its new campus in Cupertino, California – have finally been revealed. At a city council meeting last week, Steve Jobs unveiled some pixelated but nonetheless exciting renderings that take “office building” to a whole new level. The eye-catching structure (just see the satellite image below) is a ring-shaped building reportedly spearheaded by architect Norman Foster, whose super slick design ethos can be seen in projects the world over, including the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site in NY.
The glass-clad curved structure houses an inner courtyard – and a larger workforce, too. By 2015, the time construction is scheduled for completion, Apple plans to hire 3,500 more employees, from 9,500 to 13,000. They also plan to generate their own clean energy and reduce surface parking by 90% (from 9,800 to 1,200) by building most of the parking underground, leaving plenty of outdoor space for the estimated 6,000 new trees it will plant. See city council members swoon over Jobs.