Following recent news of a ballooning budget thanks to the late Steve Jobs‘ “sky-high requirements for fit and finish,” the city of Cupertino has released updated plans for the much talked-about Apple campus of the future. Designed by architectural firm Foster + Partners, the 176-acre campus will aim to consolidate Apple’s smattering of aging corporate facilities in favor of a 2.8 million square-foot circular structure – which eschews Apple’s classic white detailing in favor of an all-black design. The central four-story structure is designed to hold roughly 12,000 of the campus’s 14,200 employees and will offer state-of-the-art meeting and office spaces alongside 60,000 square feet of dining space and a lush outdoor terrace. Surrounded by over 100 acres of OLIN-designed greenery – reminiscent of the Northern California landscape – the main facility will be accompanied by a 100,000-square-foot fitness center, a 1,000-seat auditorium, and a parking garage capable of accommodating 10,980 automobiles. Finally, 700,000 square feet of rooftop solar panels will look to offset energy use for a net-zero result. Apple’s futuristic campus is set to be complete in 2016.
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