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Architect Norman Foster may build Apple's new Cupertino campus

December 6, 2010 |  2:56 pm

FOSTERApple Inc. may be gearing up to build a city within a city in Cupertino, Calif., its hometown, and what a sustainable metropolis it’ll be if architect Norman Foster has anything to do with it. 

The preeminent Brit may be planning to design the tech giant’s new campus in the Bay Area, where the company recently snatched up a 98-acre parcel that previously belonged to competitor Hewlett-Packard.

Foster could soon help construct a sprawling, eco-friendly complex on the site, near Apple’s headquarters on Infinite Loop, according to Spanish business newspaper El Economista.

Environmentalism will be key to the design, including renewable energy capabilities, green building materials and underground roads to maximize the amount of vegetation on the surface, according to the report.

GherkinFoster, 75, and his Foster + Partners firm created Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, a developing community of 50,000 people that bans cars and focuses on sustainable living.

The architect, who won the Pritzker Prize in 1999, is also responsible for some instantly recognizable structures, including the cone-shaped Gherkin in London and the Beijing Airport, said to be the largest single building in the world.

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-- Tiffany Hsu

Photo (top): Norman Foster. Credit: Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images

Photo (bottom): The Gherkin in London. Credit: Thelondonsite.org.uk

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