Apple Spaceship is landing

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A few days ago it looked as though Apple ‘s new Apple Campus 2 may not be build. On the edge of California’s hometown Cupertino Apple Steve Jobs planned a few years ago to build a new building, plans for this were presented to the city council in June 2011. Even then, Jobs had compared the main building due to its shape with a spaceship.

Now, Apple may begin the construction of the new Apple campus 2. This was approved in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday by the City Council in Cupertino. On 15 November 2013 the final contracts will be signed, the public announcement will probable be on 19 November. When the groundbreaking ceremony will  take place is not yet known. Apple will begin as soon as possible the preparatory work in order to meet the blueprint. Finally in 2016 the building is to be completely finished.

The complete set of updated drawings for the planned Apple Campus 2, which were submitted by Apple to the City of Cupertino last month, have been made public. Since a giddy Steve Jobs first announced the Foster + Partners-designed campus in June, much attention had been focused on the formal qualities of the 2.8 million square foot office building, in part because the company was withholding of the highly-guarded plans–so much so that journalists and bloggers resorted to publishing low-quality screen grabs pulled from Jobs’ recorded presentation. In mid-August, an initial folio of drawings were made available, which were further revised until early October.

 

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The entire area of the campus is 2.8 million m², making it one of the largest buildings in Cupertino. A total of 8,000 vehicles can be accommodated in the car parks and underground garages. Thus, Apple certainly solves a very big problem with space. However, the Apple employees have been asked to use public transport. Continue to research institutions, giving a fitness center and a large presentation room, which should be suitable for future keynotes. Of the new details disclosed about the invariably nicknamed project (“spaceship,” “doughnut,” “the Core,” “Fruit Loop”) are several additions, including a company spa, an underground auditorium, a dramatically expanded fitness center, and private jogging paths. Looking at the drawings, the most conspicuous of these is the partially submerged four-storey parking structure and the much-tooted “Central Plant” that lies adjacent to it. Gizmodo also points to 300,000 square-feet of research facilities which are independent of the mothership, while city officials announced that the roof of the entire complex will be fitted with solar panels. The plans also articulate landscaping for the site, with provisions for 38 arboreal varieties–from evergreen and decidious oaks to Honey Crisp apple and sweet cherry fruit trees–which will comprise the 6,000 total number of trees to be planted on the campus grounds. A central garden will gather a fountain, an amphitheatre, dining terraces, and, of course, more trees along the inverse of the building ring. Upon receiving approval of the plans from Cupertino City, Apple will begin construction, with a projected completion date of 2015 (some sources said 2016).

 

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In April this year the costs of this project have been criticized: Apple’s upcoming 2.8 million square foot circular glass structure, officially called Campus 2 and also known as iSpaceship, could face further delays because it is now reportedly $2 billion over budget. Originally estimated to cost a whopping $3 billion to build, the budget for the new home to about 12,000 employees has now skyrocketed to nearly five billion dollars, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Because of the risings construction costs, Apple’s Campus 2 could easily become an investor relations nightmare, the publication observes…

A life-size mock-up of the entrance to the future headquarters apparently depicts floor-to-ceiling glass and “a huge banner hanging from the ceiling with a photo of an iPhone.” It’s being described as “clean, minimalist, and stunning – a four-story iPad.”

At a press conference this week with the city council, Apple chief financial officer spoke of a “special moment” in the history of Apple.

 

Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney and Apple’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer speak at a City of Cupertino press conference to announce the approval of the Apple Campus 2 project. Recorded October 16, 2013 in Cupertino.

 

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