HOK recently unveiled plans for Apple's rumored-to-be newest campus, just days after the tech giant closed an 18- acre land deal for the site. The plan replaces nine buildings of a 1970's-era office park with a futuristic, clover leaf-shaped complex. Situated just five miles from its existing headquarters and campus in Cupertino, Calif., the design features three four-story office buildings and includes numerous green features and employee amenities.
While the complex includes 770,000 square feet of office space, an additional 90,000 square feet is designated green space. Employees have a two-acre roof garden, two miles of walking and biking trails, and an internal courtyard connecting all facilities and outdoor spaces at their disposal. A landscaped plaza, which features a 500-person sunken amphitheater, will also display public artworks and provide access to food trucks on the street.
A second building contains cafes, banks, sports facilities, and shops. Four subterranean levels will provide underground parking, but Apple will provide a private transit system to their employees.
In an effort to achieve a LEED Platinum certification, the final construction includes solar panels and water recycling systems. The design and construction teams are also looking at options to move the campus closer to net-zero energy use.
"Our project philosophy was simple: design an extraordinary, adaptable and future-ready campus that would deliver a truly exciting, enhanced and enjoyable user experience. Therefore it was critical that every major design element that went into the campus had to raise the user experience bar. In this case, the "users" include: companies, their employees, the surrounding community and Mother Nature," states Landbank, the real estate development company in charge of the construction, on their website.
While HOK continues to finalize their design, Apple is currently overseeing another new construction in California. Both complexes are designed to accommodate the tech company's massive growth—HOK's design alone will provide room for more than 3,000 workers. There is no set date for project completion, and there is no guarantee that the designs are finalized.