Envisioned by the tech giant’s legendary founder Steve Jobs, the Apple Park is being touted as a world’s first for many reasons.
The 175-acre campus, situated in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley, will open in April but the process of shifting an army of employees will take up to six months, during which construction will carry on in the many unfinished areas. The campus’ ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass.
The parklands, which is the outdoor area, replaces five million square feet of asphalt and concrete with grassy fields and over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees and has two miles of walking and running paths for employees, plus an orchard, meadow and pond within the ring’s interior grounds. Not surprisingly, we’ve already updated our resumes and booked an appointment with the embassy for a work Visa.
If you’re not the outdoor kind, there’s also a 1,00,000 sq.ft. fitness centre in-house and of course, secure areas for the R&D team so no one leaves an iPhone 10 prototype unattended during a coffee break. Speaking of which, there’s also an Apple Store and a cafe in the designated visitor's area where you can donate your credit card.
Steve Jobs was known to be a fanatic for details in design and to honour his vision for the new campus, a brand new hill-top located auditorium is being constructed that will be known as the Steve Jobs Theatre. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1000-seat auditorium will be a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fibre roof. Hopefully we’ll be reporting the launch of the iPhone 8 live from here come September.
Besides looking like a campus from planet Xenotron, it is designed to make Earth last longer too. Apple Park will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. With 17 megawatts of rooftop solar, it will run one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world. It’s also the site of the world’s largest naturally ventilated building, projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year. Sure, the Californian weather helps this case immensely.
No Apple product (or building) with so much intricacy could be safe from the gentle, English words from Sir Jony Ive. “Steve invested so much of his energy creating and supporting vital, creative environments. We have approached the design, engineering and making of our new campus with the same enthusiasm and design principles that characterize our products,” said Apple’s chief design officer. “Connecting extraordinarily advanced buildings with rolling parkland creates a wonderfully open environment for people to create, collaborate and work together. We have been extremely fortunate to be able to work closely, over many years, with the remarkable architectural practice Foster + Partners.”
Destined to be the venue for future Apple events, look out for an inside-peek in the coming months.