Is Apple Getting a New Architecture Partner?
Word has already gotten around about Apple’s plans to build its new Campus headquarters in a shape that highly resembles a spaceship, and the design has caught a lot of interested eyes. The architecture company Foster + Partners was selected to build Apple Campus 2, and Apple may have another job for the firm.
Though the company is reportedly going to spend around $5 billion on the new headquarters — unless cost-cutting measures reduce that figure — rumors are circulating that Apple may be looking to renovate its Apple stores, and Foster + Partners may be chosen for this job as well.
The minimalist retail stores, which Apple successfully trademarked this year, have grown in popularity since their introduction. But, Foster + Partners wasn’t the company behind the design, and Ron Johnson is no longer guiding Apple with his visions for the company’s retail stores. 8 Inc, one of Foster + Partners rivals, was the architectural firm responsible for the design of some of Apple’s most popular stores…
When asked about the collaboration between Apple and Foster + Partners, an Apple spokesman responded with typical denial, refusing to “comment on rumors or speculation,” while a spokeswoman for the architectural firms said, “any project for Apple is confidential and therefore we are unable to comment.”
So, the suggestion that the two could be working together on retail stores remains little more than speculation. However, a sources close to the redesign project have said Foster + Partners would be involved. Until one of the companies reveals the truth, speculation will remain just speculation, and the possibility of spaceship-like Apple stores can run wild through the imagination of fans.
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