Apple, the California-based technology company that brings both massive jobs and tax dollars to our state, relocated to a new headquarters not far from it’s current home. A successful company moving to a new space with more real estate and better amenities not may seem like big news. But not all companies are Apple.
Much like the cutting-edge technology it introduced to the masses over the last few decades, the new home of Apple is impressive, innovative and beautiful to behold.
In a recent story for Wired, Steve Jobs went before the Cupertino City Council to pitch his vision for a new campus, one he knew he might never see.
“His company, he said, had ‘grown like a weed.’ His workforce had increased significantly over a decade, coming to fill more than 100 buildings as workers created one blockbuster product after another. To consolidate his employees, he wanted to create a new campus, a verdant landscape where the border between nature and building would be blurred. Unlike other corporate campuses, which he found ‘pretty boring,’ this would feature as its centerpiece a master structure, shaped like a circle, that would hold 12,000 employees. ‘It’s a pretty amazing building,” he told them. “It’s a little like a spaceship landed.’”
Some of the highlights of the “mothership” project include a 755-foot underground white tiled tunnel, an “idealized California” native garden with 9,000 trees, a 100,000 square-foot Fitness and Wellness Center and a promise of completely sustainably energy via solar.
You can read more about Apple’s long planning process and see the breathtaking design here.
The author discusses birdwatching and other observations around his new California home.