Silicon Valley Tech Giants Plan Super-Green Campuses

Planted roofs and hidden parking lots are de rigueur at new HQs for Apple, Google, and Facebook
Apple’s planned headquarters are designed to be energy ­ self-sufficient

Despite all the creativity that flows from Silicon Valley, America’s tech capital hasn’t been famed for its iconic architecture. Startups are never sure enough of their future to sink millions into a structure that could outlast the company. Enterprises born in dorm rooms or garages typically graduate to nondescript office rentals in San Francisco or Palo Alto or take up residence in cookie-cutter, single- or two-story buildings in industrial parks around San Jose. As the late Steve Jobs remarked in 2011, “Buildings in office parks get boring pretty fast.”

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