Those who think that Apple is a strange cult will only have their suspicions confirmed by the recently released renderings of Apple's new Cupertino HQ published online yesterday. Apple HQ 1, credit Cupertino Council We've seen hazy pics of the building before, but the official images have just been posted on the Cupertino …
I suspect this will have been designed with a whole building environment management system which controls lights, temperature and fresh air supply, like you will find in most modern high-rise office buildings. In cases like that, being able to open a window is actually highly counter-productive.
And those systems work sooo well... Nothing like a bit of fresh air to perk up a tired office worker at say 3 pm.
Have you ever heard of a break? It's where you actually get up and walk outside for some fresh air.
No that's for the second building, called the Cupertino Air and will be 1 foot high!
But a constant temperature does make you drowsy even if it is comfortable. I agree with your point, but it still lacks a human element.
The guy who said to take a break and get some fresh air, fair enough, not arguing with that.
I knew his halo had slipped but I hadn't realised it'd fallen off completely.
You can't modify it... it's too closed...
That's what the anti-Apple boys are thinking. How on earth can you modify/improve/upgrade a circular building made out of glass?
I remember this from like June/July when Steve went before the Cupertino council to explain why he was building a Stargate in their town for the Ori to use after he ascended...
Video here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtuz5OmOh_M
Prior art II
It's the Pentagon (normally pronounced "Pinnagun" by 'merkins) with the corners rounded off.
No, we pronounce it "pentagon".
And the people who work at the Pentagon hate the design -- going to opposite ends of the building is a pain (or at least was, it's been a couple of decades since I've read anything about it).
Surely they won't make that same mistake at Apple. They'll have a way to easily cut across. Right?
Ive never known anyone who's enjoyed working at the Pentagon. I worked there on Temporary Duty for a week once. Alot of times you have to run files back and forth between offices, which can seriously suck if one office is on the E ring and the other one is on the A ring. Going to opposite ends of the building is still a pain, and half the doors on the courtyard Enlistedmen don't tend to dare to use. There's no policy that says we can't (to my knowledge anyway, they dont tell TDY alot) but Its like high heresy to cut across the courtyard. Wont save you much time either way.
shortcuts go against the Apple ethos
"Surely they won't make that same mistake at Apple. They'll have a way to easily cut across. Right?"
Just walk all the way around. Not that big of a deal.
Unlikely the architects would have wanted to have opening windows because it screws up the aircon....
In most buildings you can't open the windows
also would be a security issue...
I wondered how long ...
... it would take for someone to say it.
>> Unlikely the architects would have wanted to have opening windows because it screws up the aircon....
Indeed, I expect a large space like this will come with highly specified environmental controls - not just temperature controlled, but maintained with filtered, temperature and humidity controlled air. Anything else would be a terrible place to work.
Opening windows work in small room, but when you get to larger rooms then you have the problem that for people away from the windows to get any air, those near the windows get "an excessive amount" of air - typically they get frozen in UK climates.
Glad someone stated the obvious. Of all the modern buildings I've worked in (quite a few in our company) none of them have openable windows. They're all bleedin bullet-proof affairs, welded shut with some form of adamantium!
Air con and security are normally stated as the reasons, but I reckon it's also to stop stressed-out project managers from hurling themselves to freedom.
All quite probable - except "The architects wanted the windows to open". So it's Jobsian control freakery, then, not design, typical Apple.
"Unlikely the architects would have wanted to have opening windows because it screws up the aircon...."
Really? In quite a few modern buildings you get notices about not opening windows because it might mess with the supposedly tuned air-conditioning, even though in everyone's experience, the air-conditioning manages to have everyone either too hot or too cold, the automatic blinds/shades take on a life of their own, opening, closing, rolling up or down at the slightest provocation before finally giving up working after a fraction of their supposed lifespan, and the janitor is either permanently away or unable to get someone in to fix all of this.
A lot of architects that manage to put up this kind of vanity project are often drifting away from practical concerns in favour of aesthetics, as if the practical business (what architecture should actually be driven by) might dirty the nice pictures in the coffee-table book that is their portfolio. So, for example, you had the laughable situation where the toilets in one brand-spanking-new opera house were continuously out of paper because the architects and their interior design pals didn't want to ruin the look by having anywhere to put the TP.
In the end, the TP gets piled on the floor and ruins the look, anyway, but I guess the avatars in the mock-ups don't need to use the toilet. In the mind of the delicate architectural genius, toilets probably have no place in an opera house, anyway.
Maybe they should seal up all the doors too, just in case
The first thing my mum and a few others noticed
When the local council posted their plans for their new community-centre/theatre was "Um... where are the toilets?" Seriously! The architects had forgotten to put any toilets in a building supposed to hold a couple of hundred people!
He does have a point though, things would be a lot easier without users.
>The architects wanted the windows to open. Jobs said no. He had never liked the idea of people being able to open things.<
I'm beginning to think all those acid trips he did when younger were bad trips because my fallout from youthful tripping was open / touch & experience everything and want everyone else to also feel the wonderousness (I know but it's ok to invent words on acid), of the universe.
I kind'a like the building tho'.
So are the trees in the middle a walled garden or are they expanding into walled forests?
‘That would just allow people to screw things up’
... like using it ... by the way, Apple can't patent the design because it's "prior art" ... seen by my old tire lying in the grass of my backyard ...
Jobs' last design...
... or he left his halo behind.
It's not like he will have a use of a halo in the afterlife...
Reminds me of the HQ of the hitch hikers guide to the galaxy. It's all fine until the buildings air and thermal management system fails
are very evocative of the Eloi & Morlocks act from that old movie of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine.
An interesting PC with a somewhat too small screen based on the Victor 9000 / ACT Sirius1
Both far far better than "official IBM PC" of the era, but not "compatible". Lacking the Reality Distortion field of the Apple, Apricot is now gone sadly.
"Jobs specially designed it so..."
No, he didn't. He gave a designer a list of things he wanted and then went off and screamed at the local planning committee until they said he could have it, then he came back to the office and stamped his little foot until the designer had a design ready. THEN he claimed all the credit for everything ever invented and then, thank god, he dropped down dead.
Jobs was not a designer, he was never a designer. He was a manager. From hell.
... because you've worked at Apple and therefore have first-hand experience of all this, rather than, you know, just airing your own petty bitterness and frustrations. Right?
It's been pretty well documented
that Jobs was a pain to work with. Same with Ballamer and a lot of other high-level managers.
The design of every famous Apple iProduct was done by Johnathon Ive
The technical work and design behind the first Apples was done by Woz (and probably the other one). Further designs were done by other engineery types.
The OS that Jobs brought with him (OSX) was taken from NeXt- with the core based on BSD and the rest done by paid programmers. It was then given to Apple's larger pool of programmers who did more work on it.
Jobs wasn't a designer. He was a manager. Most importantly, though, he was almost certainly the Worlds Finest Marketeer.
I see, better to spend a bil or three on some god-hub type thing, than do a Bill Gates and give it to malaria research.
Anyway I think it's hubristic because it elevates Apple design to a kind of ubermensch thing, where everything has to be 'magical', when in fact it's just ordinary people making good stuff which could easily be rubbish.
Another management design advantage...
No place for staff to hide in the corners.
Well that answers it...
We now know which direction he went when he died, he left his halo here as he clearly wouldn't be needing it...
Copy cats: http://www.diamond.ac.uk/
Does it spin to create arificial sideways gravity? If so that explains why you can't open the windows.
Probably designed to eliminate all food sources if the flood escape.
So does it take off
or does the middle part open up like a giant lens aperture to reveal a giant underground lair?
What has he got against Windows?
Well, to start off with...
1. What has he got against Windows? You forgot the boom-tish after the question mark.
2. Windows is ugly (no rounded windows, for example), not very user-friendly and something that made him cringe. He would never have let it through. Compare the Macintosh graphical-interface from 1985 with that of Windows 1995 and you will see the difference.
3. SJ hates the notion of people tinkering with his appliances. He was the very antithesis of Woz, who built computers that one could expand, tinker with and so on. This is one of the reasons that he didn't dislike SCSI too much. Easy to attach and detach. No screwdrivers necessary. Often no drivers even necessary (or they came the mac). The outside of the box is for users and the inside of the box is for trained Apple-authorised personnel.
Ironic they should choose a doughnut
Given their client base.
Apple products are purchased by deep-fried snacks, some of which are filled with jam? Not sure multi-touch was designed with that in mind.
But if you say so...
Shouldn't there be huge parking lots associated with this ?? Underground parking's a possibility, but not cheap.
Please see Gerry Andersons design for the Thunderbird 3 launch facility
The plans don't seem to list the 100 or so floors of underground bunker / research facilities.
Also it completely fails to mention the retracting doors where Thunderbird 1 launches, or iThunderbird as it will henceforth be known, launches from.
It just shows how well technology has come on
that we all still have to be in the same building to work together - probably to make sure we're not shirking by using our Idevices all the time.
Mind you the Siri testing lab would be a good laugh: "Will you shut the fuck up" " I don't know how to shut the fuck up Dave" "No not you....
Windows isn't open anyway.
It's not a doughnut it's a UFO.
actually, quite nice
let me guess. Jobs is patenting iCirlces now?
i actually like the building. very nice. of course will not look anything like this unless we all get Glaucomas or Cataracts. Still, that would be a nice place to work.
our old office was a £1M building for 10 people... very nice. thanks to the recession we now work out of an industrial unit. no pool tables or large screen TVs with Sky for us any more... fuck you Natwest!!!
@"J. R. Hartley - What has he got against Windows?" - erm, looks like there are loads to me! he must secretly love windows.
What's the fuss about opening Windows - in most offices now you either cannot or should not really open the windows - potentially dangerous and screws up the aircon.