Ap­ple’s Core

Forbes - - Commercial Real Estate -

A sneak peek at the most an­tic­i­pated busi­ness head­quar­ters ever.

TWO YEARS AF­TER Ap­ple got the green light to build a 175acre cam­pus on Hewlett-packard’s hal­lowed former grounds in Cu­per­tino, Calif., the “space­ship” has (nearly) landed. De­signed by Fos­ter + Part­ners—helmed by leg­endary Bri­tish ar­chi­tect Nor­man Fos­ter—the project will be com­plete in late 2016 at a re­ported cost of $5 bil­lion. No less an aes­thete than the late Steve Jobs deemed it “the best ofce build­ing in the world.” From the drone’s-eye view: Mead­ows and trees in­dige­nous to the Santa Clara Val­ley—such as the apri­cot or­chards Jobs re­called from his child­hood— will fill four-fifths of the site, in­clud­ing the

se­cluded in­ner court­yard.

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