you see a wall. It’s only when you are allowed inside that wall that you find an entire miniature city, complete with its own cathedral.
Here’s another example of architecture that sends a message:
What do we see here? An alien spaceship lurking in the woods. A giant bubble, hermetically sealed against the outside world. A 21st Century fortress with its own palatial gardens behind the walls. There’s even a rendering by the architects to show how local peasants might gather to gaze upon the citadel:
You might think I’m reading far too much into the design of Apple’s proposed new campus, but let me show you another building that’s remarkably similar:
It’s the headquarters of GCHQ, the UK’s ultra-secretive and paranoid equivalent of the NSA. Is Apple’s homage to GCHQ deliberate, or just an accident of starting from the same design goals of walled-off secrecy and philosophical isolation?
Tim Cook has said that he wants Apple to be more open. Unfortunately, it’s probably too late for Apple to change their building plans at this point, and their new headquarters will be a monument to the mindset of his predecessor. © mathew 2017
© mathew 2017