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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Apple’s new proposed spaceship headquarters

November 21st, 2013 by Susan Smith

“Definitely the Mother Ship has landed here in Cupertino.”

Apple’s proposed new headquarters is a spaceship-like structure design that has just received approval from the city of Cupertino to go ahead with the building.

The 2.8 million-square-foot Star Trek clone, shaped like an enormous donut, is expected to be situated on a site in a man-made forest on the northeast corner of Cupertino. Apple Campus 2 will be located where HP and Compaq used to be located and has gotten the okay to go ahead with building from the city next month. While the entire campus maintains a space like-modern-age theme, the most prominent building is the big four-story donut designed by architect Norman Foster of Foster and Partners, who has designed many notable and extraordinary buildings including the Gherkin in London and the Reichstag restoration in Berlin.

Stefan Behling, a Foster and Partners architect on the project, said that the building is “one of the most environmentally sustainable projects on this scale anywhere in the world.”

80 percent of the campus will be green. The campus will use renewable energy, including rooftop photovoltaic arrays and onsite fuel cell plants. More green efforts will include natural ventilation and radiant cooling to diminish the need for air conditioning, and all the latest in glazing and concrete. The design was not originally planned to be round, it just evolved, said Foster, built around a large park.

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