landscape at apple's new headquarters

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apple is one of the most powerful and trend-setting companies in the world, and their planned new headquarters certainly show it. foster + partners is designing the complex, and olin is designing the verdant forest in and around it in partnership with apple's in-house arborist (yes, they have an in-house arborist) david muffly.

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new renderings surfaced today from the municipal archives in cupertino, showing the true depth and character of both the interior and exterior spaces at the new 2.8 million square-foot apple hq.  currently, the site is 20% landscape. by 2016, the site will be 80% landscape; and it's certainly not garden-variety office park trees and shrubs. apple describes the future landscape as β€œan ecologically rich oak savanna reminiscent of the early Santa Clara Valley.” that sounds like a truly incredible place to work.

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as we work on more and more commercial / office projects, we find that companies and developers are starting to realize the true value of amenities such as open green space or green roof systems; as they provide a place for employees to collaborate and relax while still physically being at work. 

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check out more of these stunning renderings and in-depth news at wired.