The Cupertino City council just gave the green light to Apple’s much talked about spaceship headquarters. The full approval for the Foster + Partners designed building was granted when Apple agreed to infuse the city with some needed cash in the form of a reduced sales tax rebate. Once the permits are obtained, the company can begin demolishing the 26 HP headquarters buildings that currently stand on the site to make way for the circular glass structure originally envisioned by Steve Jobs.
Jobs called the forthcoming extravagant headquarters the “best office building in the world.” Although his vision won’t be realized until 2016, 14,000 Apple employees will enjoy state of the art fitness centers, auditoriums, cafeterias, and green space each day at work. Covering a sprawling 2.8 million square feet, the circular building will be enclosed in concave glass panes from Germany that will flood the offices with natural light while also giving employees closeup, tranquil views of the lushly planted trees outside.
The $5 billion complex will hug a circular tree filled courtyard interior that will be connected to pedestrian and bike pathways throughout the campus. The sustainable design will be powered by a photovoltaic array that will line the roof of the space ship- shaped building, in addition to other clean technologies that Jobs requested from Foster + Partners design.