updated 12:40 am EST, Tue November 12, 2013
Visitor center, transit buses, private roadways, more
Some of the city of Cupertino's additional images of Apple's proposed (and now approved) Campus 2 project, scheduled to open in 2016, have now appeared online. Rather than just showing off the main "spaceship" hub building of the $5 billion project, the new images showcase some of the details and other structures that will make up the complex, which is shaping up to look more like a small, futuristic city than an innovative office building.
Among the features revealed in the new renders (seen below) are outdoor dining and event areas; a bus center for commuting workers, complete with a private bus fleet; underground parking with futuristic-looking tunnels; ivy-covered above-ground parking garages with solar roofing, and a visitor center and other outlying buildings that will reflect the "spaceship" theme through a large steel, stone or wood circular roof (depending on the purpose of the building) that appears to be supported by curved glass walls. A corporate fitness center is also seen in some of the images, along with a large, three-storey cafeteria inside the main building.
Interior details seen in some of the drawings show that the current style of corporate Apple Stores will provide the dominant theme for the interior of the headquarters, with mixtures of wood, steel and light-colored western stone reflecting the Californian nature of the buildings. The cafeteria will offer outdoor seating as well with cedar and redwood furniture. Workers can enjoy the often-sunny days, stroll around the interior parkland or outer areas, listen to performers and admire the cherry blossom, olive and other native trees that Apple will restore to the land around the buildings, reports AppleInsider.
Curved glass is frequently seen for most of the structures, except the parking garages and underground "town hall" style auditorium. Before he died, Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs talked about pioneering techniques for massively large panes of glass that were being developed to make the Campus 2 building's design a reality. The "glass cube" of Apple's flagship 5th Avenue store in New York City was remodelled in 2011 to use fewer but larger panes of glass to make the cube even more impressive. A similar effort was taken with Apple's largest store in China, which uses a cylindrical design.