Slides should be a mandatory option for going down tall buildings.
Apple Campus 2, The Mothership
Aaron Saenz, writing at Singularity Hub, likes what he sees:
They’ve lost a king, but they’re still building Camelot. Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs may be stepping down from his position, but one of his last acts in the office will undoubtedly go down as one of the most amazing as well. Apple Campus 2, nick named “the Mothership”, is set to break ground in 2012 and it looks simply stunning. Part flying saucer, part hadron super collider, part Dr. No’s lair, the Mothership will be a 2.8 million square foot facility located on a 175 acre lot off Highway 280 in Cupertino. Featuring a 1000 seat auditorium, 300,000 square feet of research space, and its own power plant, the new campus will house Apple and 12,000 in house employees in glorious style.
Christopher Hawthorne, of the LA Times, calls the planned campus a retrograde cocoon:
Though the planned building has a futuristic gleam — Jobs told the council “it’s a little like a spaceship landed” — in many ways it is a doggedly old-fashioned proposal, recalling the 1943 Pentagon building as well as much of the suburban corporate architecture of the 1960s and ’70s. And though Apple has touted the new campus as green, its sprawling form and dependence on the car make a different argument…
…Still, the new Apple campus, which the company describes as “a serene and secure environment” for its employees, keeps itself aloof from the world around it to a degree that is unusual even in a part of California dominated by office parks. The proposed building is essentially one very long hallway connecting endlessly with itself.
Leandro V. Locsin Partners, Architects was named the winner of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Design Competition for Two Iconic Buildings. This was announced recently by Nestor O. Jardin, chairman of the Design competition.
Leandro V. Locsin Partners, Architects won over four other finalists in the final stage of the two-phase competition. According to the Selection committee, the design and concept of Leandro V. Locsin Partners for the new Artists Center and the new Performing Arts Theater translated aspects of Philippine culture commendably and were inherently Filipino, yet forward-looking and global in appearance. Also important was that the designs incorporated sustainability, economy and green qualities and addressed the need for CCP buildings to be accessible to the public.
According to Leandro V. Locsin Partners, Architects, the design for the two new buildings was conceived to evoke the idea of sculptures within a larger garden and on another level to recall the archipelagic arrangement of an island, a mangrove cluster or Badjao village, and a wave on a promontory rising out of the sea, all possible metaphors for the expression of a national architecture.