Apple updates its upcoming UFO-like campus design

In 2011, Apple revealed plans to build a massive new structure in its home town of Cupertino, California. The main building got the most attention with its UFO-like design. Now the company has submitted newly updated plans for this huge construction project to the Cupertino government.

The city's official website has posted the updated plans for the new Apple campus on its website for all to see. They include some new renderings of the building which make it look more like a spaceship has landed than ever before. When completed, it will be able to hold 12,000 Apple employees. It will also have a 100,000 square foot fitness center and a 1,000 seat audtorium

Apple also claims that this massive new 2.8 million square foot structure will be energy efficient, with power generated primarily via solar panels and fuel cells.

So, when will this campus be built and finished to receive our new alien masters? Not for a while. Bloomberg reports that while Apple wanted to start construction this year, the city of Cupertino has yet to complete the environmental report. As a result, work on the new campus may not start until late 2013 or even 2014, and the building may not be completed until 2016.

Source: City of Cupertino | Image via Apple

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meanwhile. microsoft have just completed the monumental tasks of updating their company, windoze and office suite logos. oh and icons, too.

Apple should be out of fashion by 2016 unless they first catch up with features other vendors are including and then actually innovate. Meanwhile the humble donut can expect a lawsuit for stealing Apples design!

Sir, your meeting is in Suite 5 Section G, that's about an 18 minute walk around the radius or a 14 minute walk through the Courtyard, and then 1.5 minutes in the elevator, and another 2 minute walk from the elevator.

thomastmc said,
Sir, your meeting is in Suite 5 Section G, that's about an 18 minute walk around the radius or a 14 minute walk through the Courtyard, and then 1.5 minutes in the elevator, and another 2 minute walk from the elevator.

A circle is the most efficient form for getting to and from all locations.

Shoop said,

A circle is the most efficient form for getting to and from all locations.

Funny, I always thought it was a straight line. Thanks for correcting me.

_dandy_ said,

Funny, I always thought it was a straight line. Thanks for correcting me.

I note your sarcasm, but exactly! Having a ring shaped building allows you to walk in a straight line to offices furthest away.

Too bad Steve never lived to see its completion. Would be amazing seeing the grand launch of iPhone 10s there and One More Thing, iCar.

Wow, look at that! It's a high tech circle with no parking. I wonder why architecture from the 70's looks more modern than the paper mâché buildings we have today.

PoohGQ said,

But even still, the parking is only less than half the number of employees that this building will accommodate. I hope they have thought out the morning traffic thoroughly as this will create delays just getting into the parking venue..

My guess is that plenty of people will carpool, use mass transit or cycle in!

PoohGQ said,

But even still, the parking is only less than half the number of employees that this building will accommodate. I hope they have thought out the morning traffic thoroughly as this will create delays just getting into the parking venue..


Well, they probably already have the details on how many of their staff are using cars...

A Geek Of All said,
It's a ZERO, not a UFO-like design.

How is a perfect circle closer to a zero than to an UFO?
Mind you, the first shot is from an angle that just makes it LOOK as if the building was oval shaped.

GS:ios

Sszecret said,
There should be another building inside that courtyard of whatever. That could be the "Inner circle".

That's underground

jamesyfx said,
I bet it will have a name like The Halo or something. Just to be difficult.

I doubt if they would use Halo... ;-)

jamesyfx said,
I bet it will have a name like The Halo or something. Just to be difficult.

No way.. the best name ever for this place:

EDEN.. and where apple is the apple of knowledge..

jamesyfx said,
I bet it will have a name like The Halo or something. Just to be difficult.

My guess is it will be named after Steve Jobs in some way or other!