Apple's New Futuristic Headquarters
August 30, 2012 - Santa Clara
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has unveiled his plans to build a new, spaceship-like corporate headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Cupertino.
Jobs has hired London-based Norman Foster and Partners, a company known for its iconic, modernist masterpieces, including the so-called "pickle" building in London.
The firm would transform 150 acres, including buildings Apple bought from Hewlett-Packard, across Interstate 280 from the current Apple headquarters.
While the building and underground parking would take up 20 percent of the property, apricot orchards and parklike landscaping would cover the rest.
Apple expects to house around 12,000 employees in its doughnut-shaped while also keeping employees at its current campus, also in Cupertino.
To further its green credentials, Apple plans to create its own electricity using natural gas and other environmentally friendly fuels, while electricity will only been drawn from the grid as backup.
With underground parking, the building seeks to maintain Apple's crucial balance between functionality, minimalism and style.
Apple would like to begin work next year and hopefully start using the building by 2015.
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