Apple reportedly landing second Silicon Valley "spaceship"
It appears that Apple is planning to land another "spaceship" on Silicon Valley. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the tech giant has secured a deal for an already-approved development in Sunnyvale, California. Assuming the report is accurate and all goes to plan, the project will provide Apple with a sustainable campus that boasts space for over 3,000 employees.
Designed by architecture firm HOK and developed by Landbank Investments, the new Central and Wolfe campus wasn't originally conceived with Apple in mind. However, judging from the renders at least, it should fit in well enough with the design language of the firm's new spaceship-like primary digs.
The campus will be located on an existing 18 acre (7 hectare) 1970s era business park located at Central Expressway and Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale, and measure 777,100 sq ft (72,194 sq m) of leasable floorspace. Its design is dominated by three six-story interconnected buildings, each wrapped in glazing. Parking will be hidden underground, and lush greenery will be in abundance.
Facilities slated for the campus include expansive jogging and walking trails, bike paths, a cafeteria, fitness center, barbershop, bicycle repair shop, health and wellness center, sports courts, and outdoor amphitheater. The site is also well positioned to make use of local rail and road links.
The current Central and Wolfe plan calls for LEED Platinum (a green building standard) certification, and to this end, sustainable features include expansive green roofs, the use of reclaimed water for landscaping irrigation, and possibly solar power.
That said, Apple may well decide to tweak, improve, or completely redesign the campus at this early stage. We'll keep an eye on this one for further information as the project progresses.