Apple Park

Steve Jobs unveiled the plans for this massive, circle-shaped new campus for Apple just 5 months before his death

19055 Pruneridge Ave
Cupertino, CA 95014

The exponential growth of Apple’s business from 2004 on made the Infinite Loop campus too small to accommodate all the workforce. In 2006, Steve Jobs announced to the Cupertino city council (video here) that Apple had purchased land to build an additional campus further west, on N Wolfe Road/I-280. There was no news about that campus in the next five years.

However, in August 2011, the day following his last keynote at WWDC, Steve paid a second visit to the city council to reveal his plans (video here). He picked renowned architectural firm Foster + Partners to design the future Apple campus, which he himself dubbed "the spaceship": a futuristic, four stories high glass-and-metal circular structure, which will house up to thirteen thousand employees. With the circumference of a mile, the building will be visible from space, hence its other nickname, "the round Pentagon". It will be complete with its own amphitheater for hosting Apple events, power plant, and apricot orchard.

Steve was admittedly very proud of the project, which he showed to several people as evidence that Apple was a company built to last. He called it the "best office building in the world", one that "architecture students will come to see". Critics however have questioned how efficient and flexible such a structure will be for office use. The new campus should open its doors by 2015.