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Monday, August 15, 2011

Merck beats Apple

The planned headquarters for Apple, Inc. in Cuppertino, California, likely will be getting some major press over the next few years as it is constructed. Some are calling it 'the spaceship', and from this picture it is not hard to see why:

Of course, because this is Apple, the building will feature all sorts of people and environment-friendly extras such as solar power and will be used to boost the company's 'bleeding-edge' reputation.

Very cool, but not so new. A certain local pharmaceutical concern (okay, Merck) has their headquarters just a short helicopter hop away from Lansdale, just off of I-78 in Whitehouse Station, NJ. It is nestled in a wooded area not too far from Donald Trump's golf course, and features all sorts of people and environment-friendly extras such as solar power:

The parking garage is in the basement, the building has a wooded area in the center. It doesn't look like a spaceship (at least not one from the 1950's), but sort of blends in with the surrounding area.

If there be nothing new, but that which is
Hath been before, how are our brains beguiled,
Which, labouring for invention, bear amiss
The second burden of a former child.
O, that record could with a backward look,
Even of five hundred courses of the sun,
Show me your image in some antique book,
Since mind at first in character was done!
That I might see what the old world could say
To this composed wonder of your frame;
Whether we are mended, or whe'er better they,
Or whether revolution be the same.
O, sure I am, the wits of former days
To subjects worse have given admiring praise.

Shakespeare Sonnet 59


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