Foster + Partners Apple Park Visitor Center opens to the public

November 22, 2017 by  
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Apple fans and architecture buffs can now sneak a peek at Apple’s massive spaceship campus at the new Apple Park Visitor Center, opened Friday. As with all the campus buildings and the new Apple stores, Foster + Partners led the design effort at the new Visitor Center, wrapped in a transparent envelope below an incredibly thin floating carbon-fiber roof. The combination of glass and carbon fiber is becoming a hallmark of Apple architecture and stores, including the campus’ Steve Jobs Theater that boasts the world’s largest carbon-fiber roof. Set within an olive grove and positioned for sweeping views of Apple Park, the 20,135-square-foot Visitor Center comprises an Apple Store, cafe, Apple Park exhibition area, and a roof terrace . A model of Apple Park that illustrates the massive scale of the 175-acre campus , as well as the undulating artificial landscape, first greets visitors. The full-height glazing and floating roof makes the building appear weightless and blurs the line between indoors and out. Related: Apple’s stunning “spaceship” campus revealed in new drone footage The furnishings and materials mimic those at Apple Park to give visitors a taste of the main building. The Visitor Center’s small cafe echoes the campus’ restaurant in the timber furnishings and marble countertops. The staircases are also clad in the same quartz stone used in the main building. “The idea was to create a delicate pavilion where visitors can enjoy the same material palette and meticulous detailing seen in the Ring Building in a relaxed setting, against the backdrop of Apple Park,” said Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners. + Foster + Partners Images via Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

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Apple confirms massive six-floor campus in London’s former Battersea Power Station

September 29, 2016 by  
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Battersea Power Station Company has confirmed their ” largest office tenant ” in London will be none other than tech company Apple . The electronics giant will sprawl across six floors and 500,000 square feet inside the “central Boiler House” of the former power station. Apple has said they plan to occupy the space in 2021; many believe their presence will help the development company work towards its goal of revitalizing the historic space. Apple will take up 40 percent of Battersea Power Station ‘s entire office space, and 1,400 employees from various London offices will relocate to the large campus. The transaction is widely thought to be the ” largest office letting ” in 20 years in London’s West End, and negotiations took place for around one year. Related: The Skyline hotel at the Battersea Power Station will feature a stunning rooftop infinity pool Battersea Power Station Development Company CEO Rob Tincknell said in a statement, “It has always been our clear objective to create one of London’s most thriving new communities and this commitment from Apple will undoubtedly help us achieve our goal.” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “delighted” that Apple would be moving into the landmark power station that once burned coal and has been vacant since its decommissioning in 1983. Architecture firm WilkinsonEyre is refurbishing the iconic space. Apple’s campus in the Battersea Power Station will be one of the largest outside America. Apple’s main European campus will still be in Cork, Ireland, where around 4,000 people work. According to Battersea Power Station’s statement, Apple said the move would be a “great opportunity” for their entire team to gather from different London offices and be able to work together in one place “while supporting the renovation of a neighborhood rich with history.” + Battersea Power Station + WilkinsonEyre Via The Spaces Images via Battersea Power Station Facebook and Battersea Power Station Company

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Self-driving car lane envisioned for commute between Vancouver and Seattle

September 29, 2016 by  
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Self-driving cars could revolutionize the way we commute, but city planners and governments will first need to consider how roads need to be altered to accommodate them . Seattle-based venture capital organization Madrona Venture Group created a report on incorporating driverless cars into the I-5 interstate between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Their report includes details for a lane entirely dedicated to self-driving cars. As companies from Uber to Ford to Google work away on self-driving cars, Madrona Venture Group says driverless cars could be “feasible and safe within the next five to ten years.” They recommend starting the transition to accommodate these vehicles by allowing them to utilize the HOV, or carpool, lane. As more self-driving cars enter roadways, the carpool lane could be dedicated solely to autonomous vehicles. Related: Will driverless cars fuel suburban sprawl? Madrona Venture Group went one step further, writing as self-driving cars mostly replace the cars of today, manually operated cars could even be barred from I-5 except at certain hours when less vehicles are on the road. The entire process could take place over “ten to fifteen years.” It takes about two and a half hours to drive from Seattle to Vancouver. Madrona Venture Group envisions a future, along with other driverless car innovators, where that time is spent relaxing or working instead of driving. “Imagine being able to watch a video or sporting event, prepare for a business meeting, work on your novel, or plan a game with your children. It is difficult to place a dollar value on this but one source has estimated this at more than $1 trillion a year in the U.S.,” they said in their report. They add self-driving cars could reduce traffic, save lives, and cause less accidents. As some cities consider high speed trains , Madrona Venture Group notes self-driving cars could be a cheaper option for improved transportation that could benefit commuters sooner than a high speed train. The organization said their plan will probably be controversial at first, but as people realize the benefits of the new technology, more will embrace self-driving cars. Via Mental Floss and Madrona Venture Group Images via Wikimedia Commons and Madrona Venture Group

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Could Apple’s New Spaceship Campus be the “Greenest Building on the Planet?”

September 23, 2014 by  
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Apple’s new spaceship campus could be the “greenest building on the planet” according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who made the assertion in a talk at yesterday’s Climate Week NYC event . Currently under construction, the futuristic Campus 2 will be packed with impressive green features including 100 percent renewable energy-powered facilities and a massive solar array system said to be one of the world’s largest for a corporate campus. But vying for the title of world’s greenest building won’t come cheap–the ring-shaped campus is estimated to cost more than $5 billion. Read the rest of Could Apple’s New Spaceship Campus be the “Greenest Building on the Planet?” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , apple campus , Apple Campus 2 , apple green features , apple sustainable campus , climate week nyc , Foster + Partners , greenest building on the planet , natural ventilation , renewable energy , solar array , Sustainable Building , tim cook

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Apple’s Extravagant New Spaceship Campus Could Cost $2 Billion More Than Expected

April 5, 2013 by  
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Just a few months before his death in 2011, Steve Jobs announced plans to build a new corporate campus for Apple in Cupertino City , California. Since then the initial $3 billion price tag for the extravagant spaceship-like development has jumped to an estimated $5 billion, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek . Apple’s new HQ, designed by Foster + Partners , will cost more than the $3.9 billion being spent on the new World Trade Center complex in New York – an estimate which triggered criticism from the business community and company’s shareholders. Read the rest of Apple’s Extravagant New Spaceship Campus Could Cost $2 Billion More Than Expected Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Apple architecture , apple building plans , apple campus , Apple Campus 2 , Apple HQ Cupertino , Apple Spaceship Headquarters , energy efficient buildings , green masterplan Apple , Steve Jobs , steve jobs new campus , Sustainable buildings        

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Just a few months before his death in 2011, Steve Jobs announced plans to build a new corporate campus for Apple in Cupertino City , California. Since then the initial $3 billion price tag for the extravagant spaceship-like development has jumped to an estimated $5 billion, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek . Apple’s new HQ, designed by Foster + Partners , will cost more than the $3.9 billion being spent on the new World Trade Center complex in New York – an estimate which triggered criticism from the business community and company’s shareholders. Read the rest of Apple’s Extravagant New Spaceship Campus Could Cost $2 Billion More Than Expected Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Apple architecture , apple building plans , apple campus , Apple Campus 2 , Apple HQ Cupertino , Apple Spaceship Headquarters , energy efficient buildings , green masterplan Apple , Steve Jobs , steve jobs new campus , Sustainable buildings        

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Historic Antinori Winery Planted a Vineyard on Its Roof in Italy

April 5, 2013 by  
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New Leaked Image Reveals Apple’s Cupertino Campus Could Double as Spacecraft

April 1, 2012 by  
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Apple has caught some heat for its controversial, car-dependent Cupertino campus proposal , but an anonymous tipster has leaked an updated rendering to Inhabitat that would way up the controversy on the much-hyped, circular Apple campus . It looks as though the wild speculation about the campus’ spaceship-esque shape may not have been as out there as we thought, since it appears that someone over at Apple (possibly Steve Jobs?) was envisioning the new flying-saucer shaped campus as a massive airship. While we have little to go on other than this image, it appears that the campus is being designed as a high-tech intergalactic spaceship! It begs the question: What does Apple know that we don’t? Read the rest of New Leaked Image Reveals Apple’s Cupertino Campus Could Double as Spacecraft Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , apple building plans , apple campus , apple campus aircraft , apple cupertino campus , apple new building , apple offices , apple renderings , apple spaceship , apple’s new campus , apples new offices , building in cupertino , cupertino building , cupertino campus , cupertino city council , green architecture , Green Building

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NRDC Slams New Apple Campus Design as Car-Dependent Suburban Sprawl

March 16, 2012 by  
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While many of the conversations regarding Apple today will center around the launch of the iPad 3 , the Natural Resources Defense Council has taken to its blog to attack the computer giant over its plans for its new Cupertino campus . The proposed Foster+ Partner -designed campus impressed us with its expansive glass facades and significant commitment to renewable energy sources, but the NRDC’s Kaid Benfield all but directly calls for a boycott of Apple products in light of its violation of “the most basic tenets of smart growth and walkability in the sprawling, car-dependent design of its new headquarters.” Read the rest of NRDC Slams New Apple Campus Design as Car-Dependent Suburban Sprawl Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , apple , apple campus , apple inc. , carbon emissions , cupertino campus , Foster + Partners , Natural Resources Defense Council , renewable energy , retrofitting suburbia , silcon valley , solar panels , Steve Jobs , suburban sprawl

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