Apple this week detailed its plans to build a new campus in Cupertino, Calif., where its current headquarters are situated. The new campus would house 12,000 of the company's employees under one roof, as well as take advantage of technologies the company's picked up by building its retail stores over the years.
Like Apple's retail stores, Apple's new campus will have a heavy focus on glass. During his presentation to the city council earlier this week, CEO Steve Jobs said there won't be single piece of straight glass in the building.
An aerial shot of the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. Cupertino city mayor Gilbert Wong commented during Wednesday's press conference that Apple's building was a similarly large undertaking.
Caption byJosh Lowensohn / Photo by Office of the secretary of defense
An aerial rendering of Foster + Partners/URS Group's concept for a circular National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Smithsonian ended up going with another design, and will break ground on that building next year.
The Centro de Tecnificacion Deportiva in western Spain is a large, circular building designed by José María Sánchez García. It too is surrounded by trees, though is focused on training athletes rather than create new technology.
Caption byJosh Lowensohn / Photo by Jose Maria Sanchez Garcia Architectural
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. features a perfectly round design, much like Apple's plans. It was designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft, with construction beginning in 1969.