Nice shades: awnings being installed on Apple spaceship

by Lloyd Alter

sunshades on apple

Screen capture Duncan Sinfield video

The Apple Campus 2 may be a throwback to mid-twentieth century corporate urban planning, but it certainly is 21st century architecture, Norman Foster at his purest and slickest. One feature I have admired is the natural ventilation system. No opening windows that might add disorder or interrupt what are the world’s largest sheets of curved glass; Instead there are separate louvres and vents above the glazing, integrated into the sunshades.

shades© Apple

The shades themselves are a 19th century concept from before the days of air conditioning, the idea being that you keep the heat out instead of paying to remove it after. They have not installed the anti-drone guns yet so Duncan Sinfield has been able to shoot another amazing video of the site.

Another green feature that’s almost complete is the giant solar array on the roof of the parking garage, which does not compensate for its insane parking ratio.

parkingDuncan Sinfield video/Screen capture

and then there are those giant ramps down into the parking underground

Ramps downDuncan Sinfield video/Screen capture

which are beginning to look very much like the rendering.

parking entry© apple

In Fast Company, Hunter Oatman-Stanford picks up on the theme we have discussed since our first post on the Apple headquarters: that it is a throwback to another era.

Countless employees, tech bloggers, and design fanatics are already lauding the “futuristic” building and its many “groundbreaking” features. But few are aware that Apple’s monumental project is already outdated, mimicking a half-century of stagnant suburban corporate campuses that isolated themselves—by design—from the communities their products were supposed to impact.

I didn’t think that was really a fair statement; lots of design fanatics and tech bloggers have complained about this, none better than Alexandra Lange and Alissa Walker.

As I wrote when the building was launched:

Apple’s iconic retail stores have been great examples of city-building, often glorious renovations of existing structures in downtown locations, because that is where their customers are. What a shame that Apple missed the opportunity to do some city-building, instead of just the 21st century version of a 1960s suburban office park.

But I will admit that is going to be a stunning and beautiful 1960s office park.

Tags: Apple Inc


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