Apple Park (Dec '17)

Apple Park, Apple’s new $5 billion (£3.7 billion) Cupertino, California headquarters, wasn’t always designed to look like the aptly named, ring-looking “Spaceship” it is.

The Norman Foster Foundation — which branches out from the famous architecture studio that helped Apple design and build Apple Park — recently published a book with pictures depicting different designs for the tech giant’s new home (as first reported by 9to5Mac).

The book, filled with shots by photographer José Manuel Ballester, is called “Spaces,” and shows prototype ideas that vary from a simple cluster of buildings (not too different from the old One Infinite Loop’s layout), to more radical designs like a spider-looking building or a three-blade propeller, which Steve Jobs himself was apparently a fan of.

His images dissolve the walls between those separate entities in the same spirit of the Foundation’’s mission to break down the barriers between professions. Our latest publication, ‘Spaces’, by José Manuel Ballester now available: https://t.co/axvM9fB5sR #NormanFosterFoundation pic.twitter.com/EcidBioMo4

— Norman Foster Fdn (@NormanFosterFdn) December 22, 2017

Apple’s collaboration with Foster + Partners doesn’t stop there, however; the two also set up “Common Futures,” an exhibition that will run until February 4 at Madrid’s Espacio Fundación Telefónica.

The studio set up a number of scale models of some of its buildings there, including one for Apple’s Park, in a space that also includes sketches of older design ideas and more.