Monday, November 11, 2013, 10:33 am PT (01:33 pm ET)
New architectural renderings reveal more details of Apple's future 'spaceship' campusMore images of Apple's Campus 2 project have emerged from Cupertino, providing a closer look at the environment inside the main building and showing off some details that have not been seen before.
The interior of the main building appears to take many of its styling cues from Apple retail stores, with light-colored stone lining the walls and glass railings that feature no visible metal supports. The three-level cafeteria — with massive steel columns and floor-to-ceiling windows — sports tables and benches like those used to display products in the retail spaces, while the outdoor dining area is outfitted with what appears to be cedar or redwood furniture. The images are provided by the City of Cupertino and were first collected by Wired.
Transit Center & Infrastructure
The Corporate Transit Center, where employees who commute on Apple's private bus fleet will arrive and depart, is set on the first subterranean floor of the main building. The exterior features large, stark white staircases leading up to the ground floor and the interior is depicted with rows of benches for workers awaiting the next bus.
The most stunning addition to this set of renderings is the entrance to the underground road network, which is lit around the top edge and appears to have fully embraced the 'spaceship' spirit of the new facility.
Several outbuildings — including a visitor center and the famous underground auditorium — are shown with similar steel roofs which appear to float on 360-degree walls of glass. The corporate fitness center is also pictured, keeping the glass walls and stone interior of its siblings but eschewing the steel roof in favor of what appears to be wood or stone.
Steve Jobs's desire to "bring California back to Cupertino" appears to have been well understood by the architectural team. Rows of cherry trees can be seen in some images, while others show olive arbors and other native flora dotting large swaths of rolling grassland.
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