Thursday, December 12, 2013
Are Tech Giants' Offices the Cathedrals of the Future?
On October 15, 2013, the City Council of Cupertino, California, debated for 6 hours before finally approving Apple’s plans for a new $5 billion USD office headquarters to be built in their city. Apple’s then-CEO Steve Jobs approved architect Norman Foster’s design (shown above) just weeks before his death in 2011. Work on the mammoth “mother ship” begins next year and is scheduled to be finished sometime in 2016. For a company that likes to “think different,” this architectural thinking looks more like old
thinking to me, specifically the kind of “bigger is better” mentality
that spawned the building of massive cathedrals throughout Europe for
centuries. Whereas the old churches rose in worship of the old gods,
these new churches rise up in worship of the new tech corporate gods.
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