FT Listen to Lucy - Apple's new grandiose office is for grown -ups

Apple's $5bn headquarters is the world’s most expensive office and Steve Jobs' last posthumous hurrah, says Lucy Kellaway &#10;&nbsp;<br /><hr><p style='color: grey; font - size: 0.75em; '>See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noref

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A giant spaceship has landed in cappuccino this summer 12000 Apple employees will start to move into this great disc of a building which is being 8 is coming and it said to have cost five billion dollars making it the world's most expensive office Athol talk is Steve Jobs lost posthumous hurrah as a vanity project. It's roughly On a par with Nicolae ceausescu's people promise in Bucharest jobs manage the space as a control freak. He was insisting on irreproachable Dual furniture and Stone from a Kansas Quarry. It was distressed to make it look like the Wolves of Yosemite Hotel. He was fond of the obsessiveness on the grandiosity make the mobile that she actually wants old as when he was headed for Europe and bank for reconstruction and development look slipshod.

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If I were an apple child, I would not be happy over doing the daycare on the HQ is a sure sign that Calamity is on its way. It didn't end. Well for Chester's Romania north of mr. Ashley is etiology if I lived in cappuccino, I would not be happy either 3000, parking spaces at appletalk which means too much driving its back of facilities have offices in the center. So people don't have to travel so far in the couch at lunch time to spend money and local Schultz get something at the supper of offices. I'm dancing a jig over the past two decades three bad things have been happening with office design an Apple Park puts all of them right first we've lost confidence in office as well together as my magic workers Heartland cafes and in the bedrooms.

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Jobs is that defense is a hymn to the importance of offices in general critics and grumbling about the white elephant building would become should Apple go past but that misses the point Apple Park screams. We are here to stay and give them that. We've built somewhere beautiful frost off to walking everyday.

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The second bad thing is the confusion between home and work fashionable office designers Delight in making work spaces look like the Hideous Apartments of imaginary hipster bmv's office in San Francisco is filled with spaces that look like spunky switching rooms kitchens and even a nerd cave as far as I can tell if I'm looking at is on you and reading the fuss with you and what the Apple HQ is built on the idea that that was entirely my distinct. There's not even any Childcare on site which is also program. I've never wanted my employer to look after my children. I want to have my own child minders and leave work in time to relieve them.

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Most radical of old Apple Park is made for grown ups for the past two decades office spaces of being built as if the primary school children Google is being a world leader in infantilizing its Workforce with AstroTurf Croce loans and slides and it's Tel Aviv office staff have meetings and ridiculous flying pods baskets with propellers on Top This punishes friend ugly stupid and they just started in Silicon Valley spread even at the from PCB on his new office and London is a primary colors pods and Van murals. Apple Park has turned its back on spine and it's going for beauty instead beauty is serious and grownup what should be to

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The building has two other big things going for it democracy and Greenery offices have been pretending to be egalitarian for decades. But as long as the Houston skyscrapers, the chief executive is always at the top the spaceship has only four floors and everyone in the ring. Look at the same view of the best thing for any work at the Gaze upon trees about 9,000 of them might be planted almost one tree per person.

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Danny bunch of Hokum is Apple's attempt to justify the expenditure. It claims that in Immaculate surroundings. People are more likely to do immaculate what this is not many of the world's finest inventions seem to have been built in Falcon sheds in any case Apple doesn't need any such justification. It has money to burn pictures into burners on something Splendid for its workers as a shareholder. I might not like it but it only but one of the 12,000 I will be counting the days until I moved in.

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