COMPANY CULTURE / OCT. 14, 2013
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Apple’s New Headquarters: A Model of Collaboration and Creativity

Apple is in the final approval process for its new “Spaceship” campus in Cupertino, California. The new building will be located about a mile from its current campus (blue dot). When erected, the state-of-the-art campus is going to be huge, covering 175 acres, yet surrounded by plenty of green space. There will also be external buildings designated for top-secret research and development projects, an underground parking space, and a theater for keynotes and company presentations.

One should not wonder why this project is bound to succeed for both Apple and its workforce. Apple has put a lot of energy, devotion and attention to detail into this venture. The building will boast an extraordinary architectural style and it promises to become a place for the most creative and collaborative teams in the industry to innovate in the forthcoming decades!

An outstanding workplace

The brand-new headquarters will be as cutting-edge as Apple’s products and it will reflect Steve Jobs’s lifelong aspiration for creating a work environment with a “working side by side” system. “We have a shot,” he said, “at building the best office building in the world. I really do think that architecture students will come here to see it.”

The new site will be two-thirds the size of the Pentagon and will look like a spaceship. It will boast a circular shape and consist of four stories. There would be plenty of cafeterias, including one that could cater for 3,000 employees.

The concept of the building’s design and structure refers to collaboration and fluidity. It will feature an open-spaced arrangement that will give employees a lot of flexibility to move around and do several things.  Unlike rectangle-shaped, square-shaped or long buildings, its ring shape is believed to foster collaboration in the workplace.

Environmentally sustainable development

Apple’s new development will not solely be a hub of collaboration and innovation. It will also be a prototype of ecological excellence.

Starting with the indoor environment, a naturally ventilated space with radiant cooling that avoids the need for air-conditioning 70 percent of the year, LED lighting and smart-control systems adapted to the site’s microclimate conditions; on-site recycling system eliminating dust-heaving trucks rumbling through the surrounding area.

The building will use 30% less energy than a standard corporate building in the neighborhood.

But trees is the most astonishing aspect of the site which will be surrounded by 7,000 fruit, oak and olive trees, adding over 2,500 new and indigenous trees in the area of California.

All in all, I am amazed at how Apple highly values workplace values through designing a high-end yet human-oriented workplace! Interestingly, the design of such an environment amounts to the same commitment and love that the company devotes to the design and development of its own products.

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