Apple has released a video that goes behind the scenes of its new campus in Cupertino, California, designed by Foster + Partners. Principal Norman Foster recalls how Steve Jobs contacted him “out of the blue” in 2009 for a new building to house 15,000 Apple employees.
“One of the most memorable things, and perhaps vital to the project, was Steve saying, ‘Don’t think of me as a client. Think of me as one of your team,’” Foster stated in the video.
Jobs found inspiration from the Stanford campus and the landscape he grew up with. “He still remembered [the area] as the fruit bowl of America,” Foster said. To that end, the new Apple campus will comprise 80 percent green space populated by 7,000 trees.
The main building’s circular profile, which many have referred to as “space age,” didn’t start out that way. “It really grew into that, so the idea of one building with a great park was really born out of an intensive process with many models, many presentations, and that process continues today,” Foster said.
After Jobs’s passing in 2011, Apple executives and Foster continued the Apple founder’s vision, receiving approval from the city of Cupertino in October 2013 to build the campus. Targeting LEED certification, the building will run on 100 percent renewable energy and feature one of the largest solar arrays in the world for a corporate campus.
“This project is pushing the boundaries of technology in almost every aspect,” Stefan Behling, an architect with, Foster + Partners, said in the video. “The façade will be new, the glazing is completely new system [that has] never been done before. Everything is handcrafted for this project.”
That same spirit will extend to interiors. “We have a building which is pushing social behavior in the way people work to new limits,” Behling noted.
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