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Inside Apple's Plans for Its Futuristic, $5 Billion Headquarters

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Before the Cupertino council, Jobs noted, “there isn’t a straight piece of glass on the whole building … and as you know if you build things, this isn’t the cheapest way to build them.”

He had that right. Since 2011, the budget for Apple’s Campus 2 has ballooned from less than $3 billion to nearly $5 billion, according to five people close to the project who were not authorized to speak on the record. If their consensus estimate is accurate, Apple’s expansion would eclipse the $3.9 billion being spent on the new World Trade Center complex in New York, and the new office space would run more than $1,500 per square foot—three times the cost of many top-of-the-line downtown corporate towers.

Before his death, Jobs had hoped to break ground in 2012 and to move in by the end of 2015. Apple will start tearing down the 26 buildings on the site in June, according to another person familiar with the plan. At the company’s annual meeting on Feb. 27, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said the move-in date has been pushed back to 2016. 

It's too bad it's an office building instead of a theme park.

An Apple Theme Park would probably do quite well.

It is expensive but it's the most distinctive building I've ever seen:

Google is serendipity of messiness. Apple is pure, shared vision. - PandaWhale

Compare with the ambitious new Googleplex:

Google is serendipity of messiness. Apple is pure, shared vision. - PandaWhale