The late Steve Jobs was nothing if not ambitious and in 2011, he filed plans to build a 176-acre Apple campus within the city of Cupertino, California. Jobs filed the petition in June 2011 and cited a completion date of 2015. The spaceship inspired HQ resembles something from a Hollywood blockbuster film set and was expected to take up to three years to complete. However Bloomberg released information today, which suggests the project will not be complete until 2016 and work will not begin until 2014.
Jobs’ original plans have remained largely unchanged since the project was first pitched, however a few minor alterations to the plans may have contributed to the delay. Bloomberg has reported that the company no longer wants to use trucks to remove dirt from the building site, and has altered the location of a 1,000 person auditorium, which may be used for future product launches, further way from public roads. Apple has also reportedly planned to accommodate more parking spaces for its ever growing work force.
When plans for the building were initially conceived, Jobs' main focus was on creating a ‘green’ building that was environmentally sympathetic. The finished project will have on-site fuel cells and 650,000 square feet of solar panels as well as acres of green parkland and orchard. The circular design, which Jobs famously said would not include one piece of straight glass, has underground parking, allowing the center and surrounding area to be kept as green as possible.
As yet, there have been few images of the building released, however word on the grape vine is that Cupertino hopes to have the updated plans online and available for public download after Thanksgiving. For all you Apple enthusiasts out there who cannot wait any longer for a sneak peak at the new Apple HQ, 9to5Mac obtained some leaked images of what the inside of the facility may look like back in September 2012.
One thing is for sure, 2015 or 2016, when the building finally comes into fruition it will be a feat of engineering and a stunning addition to Apple’s already inspirational portfolio. Apple strikes yet again… how do they do it?