Apple allegedly eyes 1,500 employee office space in Munich

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thekarl The Karl has been designed by Chipperfield Architects.
Photo: Chipperfield Architects

Apple might be preparing to make a big expansion into Germany, based on the latest real estate rumors leaking out of the country.

According to a recent report, construction on the “Karl” office building in Munich is set to be completed in 20201. Even no tech company has publicly stated that it’s moving into the building that has room for 1,500 employees, Apple has been strongly hinted as the upcoming occupant.

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After making expansion plans in a number of U.S. metropolitan areas, it appears that Apple is ready to stake out space in one of Europe’s hottest job markets right now. The company already employs about 300 engineers at the Bavarian Design Center in Munich. With its new offices ready to open in 2021, the iPhone-maker will be in closer competition with Amazon and Microsoft which both have headquarters in the city.

Apple’s German Expansion

Sueddeutsche reported this week that Apple has rented out all of the office space at the Karl, according to several Munich property experts. An official confirmation from Apple hasn’t been given yet, but all signs point to a serious expansion of Apple’s presence in the area.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently made a visit to the area during Oktoberfest in 2019. Remarking on
the talent in Munich, Cook said, “you can employ a team that we could not put together in another place in the world.”

It’s unclear if Apple move employees working at the Bavarian Design Center into the new offices in 2021. Apple currently has over 60 job openings listed in the area. One current theory is that the company plans to consolidate all of the 5G modem engineers it scooped up in the recent Intel deal and have them work under one roof.

 

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