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Apple Plans Spaceship-Inspired Headquarters

apple_campus_picApple watchers are getting a closer look at the plans of the company for a new spaceship-like headquarters.

The city of Cupertino, California has released latest images of what the complex will appear.  The 2.8 million-square-foot four-story circular structure will look like a spaceship more than a building with big walls of glass that allow workers look out from both sides of the ring onto park-like landscaping.  The headquarters, dubbed as Apple Campus 2, will accommodate up to 13,000 employees and include a 1,000-seat auditorium, 300,000 square feet of research facilities and underground parking.

Through moving vehicles underground, 80% of the 150-acre property will be landscaped with 6,000 trees under the direction of a Stanford arborist who will help restore some of the native plant life to the property, counting in apricot orchards.  Apple as well prepares to create its own “energy center” power source that will run mostly off the grid.

The groundbreaking for the new headquarters will be by next year with completion scheduled for 2015.  Architects Foster + Partners are working with ARUP North America and Kier & Wright, a local engineering firm that has worked on present campus of Apple, according to the International Business Times.

Apple founder Steve Jobs, who recommended the project to the Cupertino City Council in June, said Apple plans to keep its existing headquarters building at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino.