… and it’s a “retrograde cocoon,” says LATimes architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. Unlike the typical Steve Jobs product, the Cupertino, California building owes far too much to old-thinking about ’80s-style corporate campuses.
Though the planned building has a futuristic gleam — Jobs told the council “it’s a little like a spaceship landed” — in many ways it is a doggedly old-fashioned proposal, recalling the 1943 Pentagon building as well as much of the suburban corporate architecture of the 1960s and ’70s. And though Apple has touted the new campus as green, its sprawling form and dependence on the car make a different argument.
And it’s not the only Foster design with problems.