Architecture News: Facebook & Apple HQ’s

Apple Campus 2 by Foster + Partners, currently under construction in Cupertino, California, is located just a few blocks away from the existing Apple HQ, the new hoop shaped building will accomadate up to 13,000 employees. This was done to maximize efficiency and convenience to Apple’s employees located at the Infinite Loop Campus.

The new campus will provide office, research and development facilities, and will include a striking café within the main building, a separate corporate fitness center and a corporate auditorium seating 1,000 people. Parking will be provided under the main building and in one multi-story parking structure.

I must say…I’m a little bit jealous I don’t work in an office like this…or even this one…the proposed plans for the new Facebook headquarters.

Frank Gehry’s designs for the new Facebook headquarters, situated in the Silicon Valley were deemed too flashy and not in keeping with the kind of culture of Facebook – they wanted it to appear more anonymous.

Frank was quite willing to tone down some of the expression of architecture in the building,” he told the Mercury News, explaining that they plan to disguise the white stucco building with a rooftop garden: “Our intent is that it almost becomes like a hillside, with the landscape really taking the forefront.”

The exterior will take into account the local architecture so that it fits in well with its surroundings. Trees will be planted on the grounds and also on the rooftop garden that spans the entire building. An underground tunnel will connect the Gehry-designed building with Facebook’s existing campus over the road.

The 40,000-square-metre building will house 2,800 engineers in a single warehouse-like room, open with desks that can be quickly shuffled around as teams form and break apart for projects.

Gehry was brought in to design the campus last summer, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stating at the time that he wanted an office with “the largest open floor plan in the world”. Another great place to work I think!

 

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