Apple future office by Fosters + Partners
Due in 2016, this 280 million square-foot building includes a number of innovations, including a ‘Sound Wall’ around the circular campus to reduce noise from the nearby freeway.
In 2009, Steve Jobs made a phone call to the second most notable high-tech ‘starchitect’, Norman Foster. Apparently opening with ‘Hi, Norman. I need some help…’, the call led to Fosters + Partners designing the future Apple Campus in Cupertino, California. Due for completion in 2016, this (….) includes a number of innovations, including one of the largest photovoltaic solar arrays and a parking garage for electric cars with over 100 charging stations. The office building’s acoustics are also a key consideration. According to the project description submitted to the Cupertino planning authority, a ‘sound wall’ along the northern side of the I-280 freeway will protect the office from noise pollution from the road. (Image credit: http://news.orgatec.de/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Acoustics-imagery-for-Architonic.jpg and http://news.orgatec.de/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/foster+partners_apple1.jpg)