Where form meets function

Over 20 new images have surfaced of the futuristic design proposal for Apple‘s new “Campus 2” headquarters in Cupertino, California. Designed by Norman Foster, the ambitious new headquarters feature a 2.8-million-square-foot spaceship structure, situated in a man-made forest on 176 acres of land. The main donut-shaped building is made up of four levels and will house 13,000 employees under one roof. Walkways on both the inner and outer rim of each floor are designed to promote collaboration and the ability to move freely, while a cavernous cafeteria opens out to a grass lawn where employees can lounge and relax.

One of the interesting new additions is a glass pavilion which houses an underground auditorium that will host press events and product launches. Other on-site features include a gym for employees, a 2000-space garage situated underneath the main building, and an additional above-ground parking garage on the edge of the campus. For employees who arrive by bus, the Corporate Transit Center is located on the edge of the site, with two appropriately white staircases leading to the main building. The landscaping is also an important part of the campus, with a dense perimeter of trees lining the site allowing for the secrecy Apple has become known for. Inside the inner ring of the main building will be specially planted apple, cherry, plum and apricot trees.

The estimated project budget is at $5 billion USD, but with Cupertino City Officials recently giving approval on the design and with Apple’s ever-growing hold on the marketplace, it’s only a matter of time until “Campus 2” comes to life.

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