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Apple is building a futuristic looking, large-scale technology development center in Yokohama, Japan, home to nearly four million people, reports the NHK News website. The city of Yokohama held a press conference today to announce the project.

City officials have even provided renderings depicting the scope of the project and Apple’s unusual design for a massive, environment friendly R&D building.

Apple’s R&D center will be a 270,000 square feet facility, matching Apple’s biggest R&D centers in Asia. Like Apple’s other research and development facilities, the four-story building will use electricity from clean energy sources.

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In addition to using power from the grid, the building will use alternative sources of energy, provide recycled water and even have trees planted on the roof to help preserve the environment.

Replacing a Panasonic factory on the site, the building will be surrounded by an apartment complex and commercial facilities.

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Construction will kick off late this year as the Cupertino firm is aiming to open the new facility some time in 2016. Yokohama is the second biggest city in Japan, after Tokyo.

News of a massive Apple research and development center coming to Japan was first publicized last December, when Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo confirmed that the iPhone maker would be building a “cutting-edge” R&D center in Yokohama.

”Apple has decided it undertake cutting-edge R&D in Japan,” Prime Minister was quoted as saying. “It will be formally announced soon.”

Source: NHK News (Google Translate)

  • LWFalcon

    Why Don’t Apple Invest in innovating technology for consumer rather than they are just investing in Non-sense

    • Why Don’t Apple Invest in innovating technology for consumer rather than they are just investing in Non-sense

      How can they do this without places to conduct r&d?

      • Maxim∑

        idb comment section has gone to sh!t… R&D equals non-sense now lol

      • LWFalcon

        First you see the point then comment !

      • LWFalcon

        I agree to your R&D point but I’m Saying why they investing in making the BUILDING Futuristic! Do you see a point then tell me ?

      • coLin

        #1: for publicity and reputation;
        #2: you don’t build that building twice, so you better do it right

      • LWFalcon

        That’s your point of view. Not apple point of view !

  • mp

    Very smart move. If you know the proud history of Japan and its work in the technology sphere, this can only provide Apple with more inventions that haven’t even been invented yet. Another step closer to world domination. 🙂
    I suppose the real question could be, why not build it in America? Or why not in Australia where I live?

    • coLin

      In US they are building the iSpace donut or whatever is called. In Australia soon