Norman Foster has spent the last eight years working on his firm, Foster + Partners’ glass-covered Apple Campus 2 in California, designed in direct collaboration with the late CEO, Steve Jobs.
During the Wired Business Conference, an event held by the technology magazine, Foster said that he if he had a second chance, he would have tried to push a more future-oriented approach to the underground garage of the Campus.
The recently constructed Apple headquarters features a huge underground garage built to hold 11,000 vehicles.
According to Wired, the architect said: “The only hesitation I have is in terms of the changing patterns of transportation”, remarking at the rapid development of transpiration, where in the future, vehicles and garages will be far less of a necessity.
“Maybe the conventional garage needs to be rethought and rethought now,” he added. “Maybe if I had a second time around I’d be putting a lot of persuasive pressure to say, “Make the floor-to-floor of a car park that much bigger, so if you’re not going to be filling it with cars in the future, you could more easily retrofit it for more habitable space.”
He explained that the future of the workplace is dependent on flexibility.
“From the very beginning I have protested the idea that an office headquarters, whether it’s mega or micro, is only about work. It’s about a lifestyle,” Foster said.
Foster + Partners has recently announced its official office opening in Dubai. The firm has also recently completed the Apple Store Dubai Mall , which features solar-powered doors that connect the indoor with the outdoors.
During an office design special report, Dubai-based firm X Works said office design in the Middle East is still ‘old school’.
Matthew Sexton of Perkins+Will has also written about the future of office design, contrasting the work space from the 50s until today, and looking at what is next.