The Cupertino City Council has unanimously approved Apple’s new California campus, designed by Foster + Partners. The 176-acre complex, construction on which starts at the end of the year, will boast a Space Age-inspired design championed by Steve Jobs before his death.
Anchoring the site will be a four-story, 2.8 million-square-foot main building accommodating up to 14,000 employees. Approximately 600,000 square feet of additional facilities will house another 2,200 workers. Campus amenities will include a restaurant, auditorium, and corporate fitness center. The project also replaces existing asphalt and hardscape with more than 100 acres of landscaped green space comprising meadows, woodlands, and native and drought-tolerant plants.
“This new development will provide a serene environment reflecting Apple’s brand values of innovation, ease of use, and beauty,” according to the project description. “The entire campus, indoors and out, is intended to promote shared creativity and collaboration, and spur invention of the next several generations of Apple products.”
Apple is targeting net-zero energy consumption by constructing energy-efficient buildings and generating significant amounts of energy from on-site renewable resources such as photovoltaics and fuel cells. Additional sustainable initiatives include radiant conditioning systems, LED lighting, natural ventilation, roof rainwater capture, material reuse, and landfill diversion of demolition and construction waste.