Apple briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil as the most
valuable company in the world by market capitalization last week, valuing the company at
around $350 billion. To reflect its status as one of the world’s most valuable
companies, Apple is planning a futuristic new headquarters.
Called Campus 2, Apple’s new office, research and development
facility will cover 2.8 million square feet and the main circular building will
sit in the middle of lush green parkland in Cupertino. Included in the headquarters is a 300,000 square foot research facilities – where Apple will be working on the iPad 14 and iPhone 23.
Included in the building will be a corporate fitness centre,
a 1,000-seater auditorium and the four-storey circular building will be covered
in glass to let employees look out on the landscaped gardens. The building will accommodate 13,000 employees who will park cars
underground. This means that 80 per cent of the 150 acre site will be
landscaped, including 6,000 trees.
Apple will seek to offset some of the carbon footprint of
the new facility with its on-site “energy centre” which will provide some of the
power for the building. The company behind the radical design of the new
building is London-based Foster and Partners who will work with ARUP North
America and Kier & Wright, a local engineering firm that has worked on
Apple’s current campus.
Work on the new building is set to begin next year with the scheduled
completion date set as 2015. With Apple having almost £50 billion in cash on
reserve, it will likely spare nothing in kitting out its futuristic headquarters
with the best and latest technology – not that we’re jealous or anything.