Foster's $5bn Apple Campus unanimously
approved by Cupertino City Council


News: here are images of Foster + Partners' latest design for the new $5bn Apple Campus 2, which was unanimously approved by Cupertino City Council last night (+ slideshow)

Fosters Apple Campus unanimously approved

Commissioned by late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the 260,000 square-metre building, by British firm Foster + Partners, will take the form of a gigantic glass-and-steel hoop when completed in 2016. Parkland will both surround the building and fill its hollow centre.

Fosters Apple Campus unanimously approved

"Steve [Jobs] transformed Apple into one of the most innovative companies in the world and we understand the responsibilities that come from carrying his legacy forward with this project," Apple's head of real estate and facilities Dan Whisenhunt told the city council in a planning meeting last night. "We've designed it with the same care and attention to detail as we do with all Apple products."

Fosters Apple Campus unanimously approved

After six hours of debate, the entire council voted in favour of the project. The decision is final, pending a ten-day period for appeal, and will be formally announced on 15 November.

Fosters Apple Campus unanimously approved

The approval follows an identical decision from members of the city's planning commission, who voted on the proposals earlier this month after consultation with members of the local community.

Fosters Apple Campus unanimously approved

The Apple Campus 2 is set to be completed by 2016 and will be located a few blocks away from Apple's existing headquarters. It will accommodate up to 13,000 employees, providing office, research and development facilities alonngside a company fitness centre, a 1000-seat auditorium and a private park for staff.

Fosters Apple Campus unanimously approved

The project was in the news earlier this year, after reports suggested that projected costs had spiralled from $3 billion to nearly $5 billion.

Fosters Apple Campus unanimously approved

Photography is by Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group.

  • Steeevyo

    Where are those $5bn hidden?

  • shaurz

    It’s like a circular version of the Pentagon.

  • David

    What’s $2bn here or there if the company has $130bn of straight cash just laying around and doing nothing?

  • Andy

    The whole campus is apparently going to be “net-zero energy” due to having 700,000 square feet of rooftop solar panels.

  • krystof

    Fly perspective only?


    What a waste of space!

  • CFowler

    Apple scroll wheel!

  • Brook

    They are all solar panels. The roof will pay for the building eventually.

  • Luke

    What happens if you’ve got to get from one side to the other? Have to go all the way around?

    • Nick

      Jump on a Segway and roll, bitch!

  • Josh Nelson

    I think it is safe to say that one of Earth’s most brilliant and talented engineers and architects have throughly thought past the heat-island effect, R Gary Branchaud. Also black doesn’t reflect heat. It absorbs it, hence why energy efficient buildings are retrofitted with white roofs so that they can reflect the heat off of the building.

    Please do not post without better information. The concern is not heat reflection! This misinforms other people and doesn’t do justice to the “green cause”.

    • Phil Daniel

      Thank you Josh Nelson. R Gary Branchaud was so wrong. Also, he says, “ALL buildings should be mandated to have these things” and “all commercial (and domestic) roofs need to be built or retrofitted to be green or generating energy, as they cover millions of square miles of the earth and reflect heat, for the most part.” Who’s going to pay for this, and who’s going to enforce this, R Gary?

  • James

    What if it’s raining?

  • Zoron

    Why not have a Foster Swiss Re in the centre of the ring?

  • Just a guy

    Foster + Partners must be making a killing on this. It appears to be essentially one well developed section extruded around a circular path. Kudos to them.

  • UrsusMichaelus

    Looks like a particle accelerator. I wonder if Steve had that in mind, consciously or unconsciously.

  • Gwignon

    Wasn’t the point of Neill Blomkamp’s movie that Elysium isn’t a very nice idea?

  • Alphonse Gabriel Capone

    Why apple doesn’t give a Mac to each poor child?

  • david c.

    Where is the apple?

  • Johan

    Reminds me more of Prora than anything else.

  • Matthew Mueller

    I cannot help but think how “place-less” this building will feel. Sometimes purity equals soul-less.

  • beatrice

    And… do you know the work of Norman Foster?