The new Apple campus construction site, as seen from a drone

By Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2014

A new video surfaced last week, offering a great look at Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus construction site. If you’ll recall, Apple was given the green light by the Cupertino City Council last fall to start the project, and it appears that builders are already making serious headway.

Drone enthusiast ‘jmcminn’ uploaded the video to his YouTube channel, which was shot using a DJI Phantom 2 drone and a GoPro Hero. The clip is worth watching both from a technological standpoint (hello, it was shot with a consumer drone), and for the peek at Campus 2. Read More

 

New aerial photo reveals underground tunnels at iSpaceship site

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

Ron Cervi, news and traffic reporter for KCBS, is no stranger to flying over Apple’s massive site where the company’s 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped iSpaceship facility is being built. Previously, the reported snapped up several aerial photos that have documented progress at the site.

Specifically, his photos have revealed the demolition process and construction as the upcoming corporate campus started to take shape, with a massive ground imprint clearly visible in the aerial shots.

Thursday, he posted a new photo revealing a network of underground tunnels… Read More

 

iSpaceship ground imprint now clearly visible in new aerial photos

By Christian Zibreg on May 8, 2014

Apple’s upcoming Campus 2 structure, dubbed by the press the iSpaceship, is starting to take shape. As evidenced by a bunch of aerial photos taken last month, a large portion of the site has been demolished, with the rubble cleared out.

A new batch of photos taken from the air and published Thursday depict a spaceship-like imprint of the main building on the ground.

The dirt in the circle is especially interesting as it offers a hint of the perfect Euclidean geometry, in line with Apple’s maniacal attention to detail. Check out the images included after the jump and dare telling me this won’t be the office of the future… Read More

 

Apple’s upcoming HQ is beginning to take shape

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 30, 2014

After completing demolition of a site located along Cupertino’s Ridgeview Ct. where Apple is set to construct a 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped structure dubbed iSpaceship (officially called Campus 2), a new aerial image reveals that the upcoming corporate campus has started to take shape.

KCBS news and traffic reporter Ron Cervi was able to capture a photo from the air which shows that a large portion of the site has been demolished now, with the rubble completely cleared out… Read More

 

New iSpaceship video touts ‘the most energy-efficient building of its kind’

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2014

In addition to a press tour of its upcoming data center and solar array installation in the Nevada desert, a nicely done ‘Better’ video narrated by Tim Cook and fresh updates on its Environmental Responsibility microsite, Apple in advance of Earth Day 2014 also posted an overview video of its monstrous Campus 2 project, affectionally dubbed by the press the iSpaceship.

The footage was actually first shown at a city planning commission meeting in October of last year, but Apple has now decided to make it available to the general public in high-definition to tout its “office of the future”… Read More

 

iSpaceship site demolition is complete, new aerial photos reveal

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2014

After receiving unanimous approval from the Cupertino City Council for its massive Campus 2 project last October, Apple in November 2013 started demolishing the two dozen former Hewlett-Packard buildings.

As the initial set of aerial shots and subsequent high-quality photographs showed, construction workers were busy for weeks prepping the gigantic iSpaceship site (located along Ridgeview Ct.), with bulldozers flattening the terrain and excavators clearing the rubble on the site.

The demolition phase now appears to have been completed: latest aerial images show that Hewlett-Packard’s former campus buildings are gone now, leaving a large expanse in the far northeast corner of Cupertino, where a massive 2.8 million square foot structure will erect by 2016… Read More

 

High-quality photographs show construction at Apple’s gigantic iSpaceship site

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2014

Two days ago, a nice little video popped up on YouTube depicting the initial demolition of Hewlett-Packard’s former buildings at the site where Apple’s gigantic ring-shaped Campus 2 structure should crop up by 2016. Apple’s spectacular building has been appropriately dubbed by the press the iSpaceship due to its resemblance to a flying saucer.

High production values of the footage coupled with unprecedented access to the site prompted suspicion that the leaked footage was legit.

It was apparently circulated internally by Apple, a notion fueled further by the fact that the clip soon got taken down due to a copyright claim by Apple Inc. Thursday, a source familiar with Apple’s plans sent in a series of high-quality photographs giving us another good look at the initial demolition and the sheer size of the site… Read More

 

Video: excavators tearing through old HP buildings on iSpaceship site

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2014

An interesting video has popped up on YouTube seemingly depicting excavators tearing through old Hewlett-Packard office buildings on Apple’s 176-acre parcel, the future home of the company’s upcoming 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped iSpaceship headquarters, also known as Campus 2.

Apple received unanimous approval for the project from the Cupertino City Council last October, prompting the company to start demolishing the site the following month. A set of aerial photographs dated February 2014 show most of the existing buildings demolished so the video was most likely captured late last year… Read More

 

iSpaceship designer talks Steve Jobs involvement, project’s scale and smart planning

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2014

Apple has just finished demolishing the Campus 2 site after receiving an unanimous approval for the project from the Cupertino City Council last November. When construction completes in 2016, a whopping 12,000 Apple employees will move into their new 2.8 million square foot, ring-shaped home.

But how exactly was the massive glass and metal structure conceived, what was Steve Jobs involvement in the planning process and what influenced the four-story building’s unique design which earned it the nickname of ‘iSpaceship’?

Renowned architect Norman Foster, the chairman of Foster + Partners, led the project and talked all of the above, and then some more, in an interesting interview with Architectural Record, here are the highlights… Read More

 

Aerial photo shows significant demolition progress being made at iSpaceship site

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2014

Apple’s upcoming new headquarters, Campus 2 aka iSpaceship, has cleared the last remaining hurdle after the Cupertino City Council unanimously approved the project in November 2013. Apple has since started demolishing the site.

Ron Cervi, news and traffic reporter for KCBS, has posted a nice-looking aerial photograph of the site on his Instagram profile, showing significant demolition progress being made… Read More

 

Cupertino City Council gives Apple green light to begin building new ‘Spaceship’ campus

By Cody Lee on Nov 20, 2013

Well, it’s finally happened. After years of presentations, meetings and campaigning, Apple last night cleared the final hurdle in its ‘Campus 2′ initiative. The Cupertino City Council has given the iPad-maker the green light to begin construction on its so-called ‘Spaceship’ campus.

The final vote enabled Apple to enter into an official Development Agreement with the City of Cupertino. With its ancillary permits, the company is now allowed to begin demolition of current buildings on its lot, and it’s set to receive its full set of building permits later today… Read More

 

Feast your eyes on new iSpaceship renderings

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2013

Apple has overcome the last hurdle as the City of Cupertino in October approved the spectacular ring-shaped glass structure called Campus 2, also known as the iSpacehip project. Now, it’s already over budget and behind schedule so don’t look forward to working in outer space before late-2015 or early-2016, when Campus 2 is slated for completion.

Wired has obtained a batch of new renderings which depict some interesting Campus 2 tidbits, including detailed shots of the interior design, including the cafeteria, the gym area, the upper level of the 1,000-person underground auditorium and even the parking garage. Jump past the fold for the full gallery… Read More

 

Apple’s upcoming iSpaceship auditorium looks like a hovering flying saucer

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2013

Now that the City of Cupertino Council has approved Apple’s upcoming flying saucer-shaped, 2.8 million square feet corporate building called Campus 2 (or iSpaceship, informally), the company’s slated to break ground real soon. The 4-story, eco-friendly building is already $2 billion over budget and should open by 2016.

The project includes a massive 1,000-person auditorium designed for hosting Apple’s theatrical product unveilings. We’ve seen incredibly detailed mockups and the wonderful scale model by the world-renowned architect Sir Norman Foster and now come renderings of Apple’s auditorium which looks like a flat saucer hovering over the ground… Read More

 

Watch iSpaceship approval press conference vid

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2013

Apple’s upcoming spaceship-shaped corporate building, called Campus 2 or iSpaceship, has cleared the last hurdle as the City of Cupertino Council approved the project. Encompasses more than 2.8 million square feet, Steve conceived iSpaceship to house office space, various amenities and roughly 12,000 employees (to put that in perspective, the city of Cupertino has a population of just over 60,000).

Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney and Apple’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer spoke at a press conference yesterday, officially announcing the approval of the Apple Campus 2. They also filed a bunch of sometimes nonsensical questions, have a look after the jump… Read More

 

Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ campus approved by Cupertino City Council

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2013

It looks like the brochures worked. Following the approval by the city’s Planning Commission earlier this month, Apple began sending out pamphlets to Cupertino residents to garner support for its ‘Spaceship’ campus ahead of its final meeting with City Council.

Well that meeting took place last night, and the full Cupertino City Council gave its unanimous approval to the project. Pending any petitions for reconsideration, Apple has just one more hurdle left to clear—a final reading next month—before it can break ground… Read More

 

iSpaceship gains enhanced bike pathways and sidewalks

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 25, 2013

Apple’s flying saucer-shaped Campus 2 building, an upcoming 2,800,000 square foot 4-story glass structure and home to 12,000 employees, is coming online in 2016. The building was originally planned for completion in 2015, but the project got pushed back until 2016.

The reason: the initial three billion dollar budget has ballooned to as much as five billion dollars because of Steve Jobs’s perfectionism. The company earlier in the month submitted revised plans. Published Wednesday, the documents reveal several previously unknown tidbits.

For starters, Apple employees working at Campus 2 will be able to enjoy unprecedented bike pathways and sidewalks depicted in a set of exquisitely rendered images… Read More

 

Apple’s perfectionism could delay iSpaceship further as budget balloons to $5 billion

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 4, 2013

Apple’s upcoming 2.8 million square foot circular glass structure, officially called Campus 2 and also known as iSpaceship, could face further delays because it is now reportedly $2 billion over budget. Originally estimated to cost a whopping $3 billion to build, the budget for the new home to about 12,000 employees has now skyrocketed to nearly five billion dollars, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Because of the risings construction costs, Apple’s Campus 2 could easily become an investor relations nightmare, the publication observes… Read More

 

Tim Cook talks new Apple campus, new products and more at shareholder meeting

By Cody Lee on Feb 27, 2013

Apple held its annual shareholder meeting this morning on its Cupertino campus. The company used the gathering to address concerns of investors, offer up some insight into its future, and of course to vote on a number of proposals.

Tim Cook did a lot of the talking, and fielded some pretty difficult questions from shareholders who are obviously disappointed with Apple’s recent stock slide. As usual, we have a roundup of all of the interesting stuff after the fold… Read More

 

Nvidia’s new translucent HQ wants to one-up Apple’s spectacular iSpaceship

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2013

Nevermind that iSpaceship, Apple’s breathtaking curved-glass, circular-shaped research campus, won’t open until mid-2016 – in Silicon Valley, the race is on on who gets to build the most spectacular corporate structure first. Graphics powerhouse Nvidia has thrown down the gauntlet by announcing Wednesday a state of the art new HQ.

Covering one million square feet, the massive site will be comprised of two triangle-shaped buildings with a distinct feature: a nearly translucent glass roof. Part of its campus expansion in Santa Clara, Nvidia describes the upcoming headquarters in Apple’s parlance, as “iconic”… Read More

 

Blame Apple’s crazy attention to detail for the iSpaceship delay

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2012

Apple engineers agonize over every imaginable aspect of the company’s products. Their attention to detail is legendary and all-encompassing, from packaging and unboxing experience to press releases and TV commercials to screws, wires and the specific snow white paint for the home button of the white iPhone. No detail is too small, no stone is left unturned.

So why should it be any different with a massive circular structure and the 176-acre campus, dubbed by the media iSpaceship and officially named Campus 2? As Cody told you, the project has been delayed until 2016. A spokesperson for the iPhone maker just issued an official statement, basically saying the company is designing Campus 2 the same way they’d build an iPhone… Read More

 
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