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Apple leases second ‘spaceship’ campus in Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Apple has secured a deal to build another spaceship campus in Sunnyvale, California. The company will purchase Landbank Investments LLC’s planned Central & Wolfe campus which comes in at 777,000-square-feet at Central Expressway and Wolfe Road in Silicon Valley.

Specific terms of the deal are unknown at this point, although the report claims that the deal has been finalized and completed. It’s also believed that Apple most likely leased, not purchased, the project.

Apple’s Sunnyvale campus pays numerous design cues to Apple’s upcoming Campus 2 in Cupertino. The Cupertino campus is located roughly 5 miles from the Sunnyvale plot. The Sunnyvale campus, under the proposed design, will feature three connected main buildings with a central courtyard. The buildings will be wrapped in a “sweeping, curvilinear glass skin that appears to billow in and out.” The campus could bring up to 3,000 new jobs to the area, as well.

“We wanted something that was really different, lasting and interesting,” Jacobs said in 2013, when the project was first proposed. He declined to comment this week. The project was marketed by Steve Horton and Kelly Yoder of Cushman & Wakefield in partnership with Jeff Houston and Mike Charters of CBRE. But Landbank CEO Scott Jacobs bet that tech companies would be drawn to something different than the Valley’s usual building typology. The notion wasn’t without skeptics, but in the end Jacobs’ bet paid off.

Apple has been expanding its presence at an insanely fast pace recently, purchasing land in Monterey, San Jose, Reno, and Oregon, not to mention its ongoing Campus 2 project. You can read our full timeline of that project here.

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  1. Mark Johnston - 7 years ago

    Is it just me or does it look like the Command key with one of the “leaves” missing?

  2. Andrew Messenger - 7 years ago

    Just like Apple. Already making Campus 2 obsolete ;)

  3. taoprophet420 - 7 years ago

    Wasn’t Apple securing this campus pretty much confirmed a month ago? With the new Austin campus, the current infinite loop campus and the spaceship opening I. 2016 or 2017 isn’t this Sunnyvale location a little of overkill?

  4. windy999 - 7 years ago

    Good to see Apple giving 3,000 people new jobs after the success of the iPhone 6s
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  5. rnc - 7 years ago

    Looks less sterile than campus 2…

  6. Why in all heck is there a hearse in one of the renders?!?

  7. Alfie Bravo (@macbooq) - 7 years ago

    Is that Mickey?

  8. modeyabsolom - 7 years ago

    I like those eco-friendly roof gardens in the main render. Definitely ‘warmer’ than Campus 2 but I do like the latter’s minimalism. Isn’t this also actually quite similar to the original Campus 2 architectural proposal described in Jobs official biography. In which Job’s son pointed out to his father that the design resembled a penis and testicles at which point Jobs had them change it to a circle? Admittedly this does not resemble a penis, but the multiple interconnected segments are similar in principle.

  9. rettun1 - 7 years ago

    Lots of green on there, which is beautiful but perhaps not the smartest decision given that they’re in calmifornia. I hope lisa Jackson had some input on the design of the site, and that maybe they use flora that doesn’t require incredible amounts of water. But I’m just gonna sit back since they probably know what they’re doing, being a multi-billion dollar company and all


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