Apple Spaceship Campus Updated Plans Submitted

December 7, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Steve Jobs’ vision has an update. The proposed Spaceship Campus of the Cupertino-based company has been submitted with new renderings and details.

The “Apple Campus 2 Project” is a 13,000-employee mega-campus in Cupertino,California. The new renditions display a darker colored roof of the structure along with a jogging path and changes done to the ancillary fitness center.

The size of the fitness center from the original proposal has been increased from 25,000 square feet to 45,000 square feet. And in increasing the size, it looks like the fitness center has scrapped off a floor.

The revised submission shows the facility’s height as 18 feet instead of the previously said 30 feet. The renditions also display addition of parking plans for the auditorium.

The Spaceship Campus project was first introduced to the public by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in June. The 2.8 million square-foot office building boasts a diameter larger than the Pentagon with a capacity to house 13,000 employees.

But despite the awe it generated, many critics have voiced against the company’s design choices, with some having called the project a “retrograde cocoon” and a “gigantic donut”. The project has been labeled as “troubling” and “maybe even a bit scary because of it’s lack of functionality and human scale”.

Even with all the criticism, the project has garnered big support from city officials. If Apple gets all the necessary approvals, then the project will break ground next year.

If all goes well, we may see a Spaceship land in 2015.

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