Suburban Office Parks

An aerial image of a suburban office park selected from Pastoral Capitalism: A History of Suburban Corporate Landscapes (MIT Press, 2011) by Louise A. Mozingo.

Another suburban office from Pastoral Capitalism.

A satellite-map rendering of Apple's prospective headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

A rendering of the futuristic suburban landscape that will potentially be Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

Water features and intensive landscaping were incorporated into the designs of suburban office parks to give them a sustainable feel—long before sustainability was a running concern.

Also drawn from Pastoral Capitalism.

The Connecticut General Life Insurance Company headquarters, built in 1957 and designed by Gordon Bunshaft of SOM with interiors by Florence Knoll and sculptures by Isamu Noguchi, redefined the bland office park typology.

The company, since renamed CIGNA, attempted to avert financial problems in the early 2000s by proposing to demolish the original building to make way for a mixed-use development including a hotel and high-end housing overlooking a golf-course. Following public protest, the company ultimately decided to renovate the building and continue to occupy it.

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