Apple Campus 2 Architecture: a Technological Monastery

David Plick — 


“It’s a pretty amazing building. It’s a little like a spaceship landed. It’s got this gorgeous courtyard in the middle … It’s a circle. It’s curved all the way around. If you build things, this is not the cheapest way to build something. There is not a straight piece of glass in this building. It’s all curved. We’ve used our experience making retail buildings all over the world now, and we know how to make the biggest pieces of glass in the world for architectural use. And, we want to make the glass specifically for this building here. We can make it curve all the way around the building … It’s pretty cool.”

—Steve Jobs

In 2009, Steve Jobs called Lord Norman Foster on the phone and simply said, “Hi Norman. I need your help.” It wasn’t until 2013 though, two years after Jobs’ death, that construction finally began on Apple Campus 2. Even though it was his energy from the start that got it going, he didn’t even get to see the first bit of earth dug in the site.

Jobs’ spaceship, this new Mecca for technology, will run entirely on renewable energy, and will constitute 2.8 million square feet of office space amongst an 176-acre campus. The space will include 100,000 square feet of gym access for employees, and a 1000-seat Apple auditorium. It looks, perhaps because Steve wanted it that way, like a place of worship, a place of perfect balance and order. I can already hear the echoes of Steve’s name in the hallways—those who knew him personally (both before and after he became humble), those who worked with him, those who only know the legend. He’s their patron saint, their dictator, their martyr. How could he not have a shrine dedicated to his memory?

Apple Campus 2 is expected to be completed next year.

By: David Plick

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