Apple’s new futuristic campus

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Apple HQ offices
The offices will look out upon Mother Nature in all her glory.

Back in 2011, Apple representatives met with officials from the Cupertino City Council to talk about building their new headquarters, the spaceship-like Campus 2. Now, as the company awaits final approval from the city this coming Friday, breathtaking images of the futuristic building have been released!

The Campus 2, which is also called the “spaceship,” is just about as high-tech as it gets. Sitting on a healthy lot of land covering 175 acres, the main building will be completely rounded off. In a meeting held in 2011, the late Steve Jobs said, “It’s a little like a spaceship landed… It’s curved all the way around…There is not a straight piece of glass in this building. It’s all curved.”

Despite its odd shape, Campus 2 will be packed with a ton of facilities. There will be an auditorium with 1,000 seats for exciting events, 300,000 square feet of research and development space, a fitness center, and a beautiful orchard. Underneath “the hood” of the spaceship will be a power generator that runs on natural gas and other types of energy to keep the electricity flowing.

As you can tell, the building will definitely be a sight to see, which is why Cupertino City officials were a bit hesitant to approve such a massive construction. “The project will certainly cause traffic issues,” said Councilman Mark Santoro.

Apple HQ orchard
7,000 trees will be planted for Campus 2, including apple, plum, and cherry trees.

Still, that didn’t stop city officials for voting unanimously in favor of Campus 2 back in October. “As my mom used to say, ‘Don’t bite the hand that feeds you,’” said Cupertino resident Carol Baker to the council last month. “If we don’t honor Apple with this building, they’ll leave. There’s no reason for them to stay here and be loyal to a community that doesn’t support them. But if they left, it would be a disaster for the city.”

The Apple headquarters should be ready by 2016, if the city makes its final approval on November 15.

Images courtesy of the City of  Cupertino.