Apple is looking to build “best office building in the world” that Steve Jobs thinks architecture students will travel to, to be completed by 2015.
Jobs is planning on transforming an area that’s 20% landscaping to 80% landscaping by putting most of the building’s parking underground.
There are 3,700 trees in the area at the moment, Jobs has hired an arborist from Stanford to take the area up to 6,000 trees.
The current buildings in play with Apple’s current campus highlighted in green.
The space recently purchased by Apple highlighted in green.
Jobs noted that Apple tried to buy the apartments int he corner as well but they simply “weren’t for sale”
The plan is to build a four-story high building and four-story parking structure.
The campus will incude an energy center, and natural gas will be the primary source of power, using the grid as backup.
Jobs wants to increase the campus’ space 20% from 2.6 million to 3.1 million square feet.
Landscaping will increase 60% from 3,700 to 6,000.
Surface parking will decrease 90% from 9,800 to 1,200 .
The building footprint will decrease 30% from 1.4 million to 1 million.
The design will include a courtyard in the middle and curved glass all the way around, leading Jobs to boast that there is not a straight piece of glass in the entire building. This photo of Olafur Eliasson’s coloured glass walkway atop the ARoS art museum in Aarhus, Denmark could serve as a preview of what it might look like to walk through the Apple building when it opens.
There will be an auditorium, fitness center and some R & D buildings.
Jobs plans a 40% increase in Apple employees going from 9,500 today to 13, 000 in 2015.
Cafeterias will fit 3,000 people at a sitting.
The whole building will be designed with the utmost concern for employee safety.