More about Foster + Partner’s new Apple Campus in Cupertino

© Foster + Partners, , Kier + Wright, Apple

The city of Cupertino has released more details about the new Apple Campus, revealed back in June.

The new documents confirm Foster + Partners as the architects, working with ARUP North America and Kier & Wright, a local civil engineering firm that has worked on Apple’s current campus and buildings for other tech companies (eBay, Nvidia, Cisco, Netflix and Sun, among others).

About the program:

  • An Office, Research and Development Building comprising approximately 2.8 million square feet for up to 13,000 employees
  •  A 1,000 seat Corporate Auditorium
  •  A Corporate Fitness Center
  •  Research Facilities comprising approximately 300,000 square feet
  • A Central Plant
  • Associated Parking

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

The round shape has also been cited as an important part of the campus’ security (better perimeter control) and to improve internal circulations.

It’s interesting to see that the objectives of the project are focused on reducing the use of electricity by generating its own energy on an on-site Central Plant, provide open green spaces “for Apple employees’ enjoyment” and to “exceed economic, social, and environmental sustainability goals through integrated design and development”. It seems Jobs choose the right firms for this.

By looking at the drawings it seems that the project is ready to go, and now it’s waiting for city approval. The city has revealed that they are very likely to approve the project, so it seems everything is on route for an opening in 2015.

Drawings and renderings after the break:

Proposed conceptual site plan © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier & Wright, Apple
© Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple
© Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple
© Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple
Proposed main building Level 1 plan © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier & Wright, Apple
Proposed parking structure section perspective © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier & Wright, Apple
Proposed street elevation, East Homestead Road © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier & Wright, Apple
Conceptual landscape plan north © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier & Wright, Apple
Cite: Basulto, David. "More about Foster + Partner’s new Apple Campus in Cupertino" 16 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • bobo

    The infinite loop finally manifests itself in architectural form, a fitting tribute to all preceding… Presumably the restoration landscape orchard will be ripe with an harvest of a multitude of grafted apples…

  • alan


  • wpgmb

    oh look, a giant ipod click wheel.

  • arquifercho

    But they not need think! sooo basic.

  • Jar Jar Binks

    It either symbolizes a Stargate, or a Tron Disc. Nonetheless, I like it!

  • you know me


    • HowardG

      Indeed junior – off to bed. The adults will tell you what you missed when you’re all grown up.

  • Daniel Baptista

    somehow this project remember me Ledoux’s engravings, may be Enlightenment is back…lol

    • HowardG

      Enlightenment never left…