A new “confidential” image provided to AppleInsider this past Friday purported to be from Apple’s architectural team is identified as “Main Building A3 Office Facade Perspective.” It offers a closer look at the design project, named “Campus Development,” of the company’s planned “spaceship” campus in Cupertino, Calif. The design of the building is identical to earlier images provided by the City of Cupertino, showing an artist’s rendition of was Apple’s new large campus would look like, as one of the signature features was the curved glass along the exterior.
The document indicates that London architecture firm Foster + Partners, consulting engineering and designing firm Arup, landscape architecture company OLIN, and construction company Davis Langdon would be involved in the project. The plans were first revealed by last June by former Apple CEO/co-founder the late-Steve Jobs at a Cupertino city council meeting, which was one of his final public appearances before his death last October. He himself described the building a appearing as if “a little like a spaceship landed.”
Apple’s new corporate campus will be built on about 150 acres of land purchased from hardware company Hewlett-Packard. The groundbreaking and construction for the project is slated to start later this year, depending on approval from the government. The new campus is planned to hold 12,000 employees, comprises of 2.8 million square feet, and will stand at over four stories high. The grounds will also house a café and restaurant, company fitness gym, corporate auditorium (with 1,000+ seating), ans a 300,000 square foot research facilities located nearby. Apple aims to open the brand new corporate campus sometime in 2015.