Mercury News was given an exclusive look at the new Apple campus and it looks pretty amazing. It’s still hard to get a sense of the scope of this new building which is as over the top as you might expect from a company such as Apple.
The beauty of this building is in the details of its design and it is going to be as environmentally friendly as a building of this size can be. Apple’s Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer was on hand to talk about the project:
“The concept of the building,” said Oppenheimer, “is collaboration and fluidity. It’ll provide a very open-spaced system, so that at one point in the day you may be in offices on one side of the circle and find yourself on the other side later that day.”
The influence of Steve Jobs is infused with every aspect of this project and will certainly be a tribute to his vision for years to come. It’s interesting that it doesn’t feel like Apple is being overly extravagant or pompous in the design of this new campus, partly because they are making it so functional and using such smart technology.
Dan Whisenhunt, who is Senior Director of Real Estate and Facilities at Apple, also spoke to Mercury News and described the project in terms of its environmental impact.
“This will be one of the most environmentally sustainable developments on this scale anywhere in the world,” said Whisenhunt, pointing to the model filling an entire room inside a high-security workshop located in the footprint of the new campus. “A building like this will use 30 percent less energy than a typical corporate building in the Valley. And that’s 100-percent renewable energy, which is unheard of on this scale, with most of it produced on-site.”
Yes, it does look like a spaceship, but it is also going to set the bar for what a company can look like in the modern world. The final plans are going before the Cupertino City Counsel on October 15th for an approval vote.