The massive Apple Campus opened earlier this year, and is currently famous as the place that has everything.
The Apple Park is the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc., located in California.
It’s called the spaceship, due to its design.
According to Wiki, ‘Located on a suburban site totaling 175 acres (71 hectares), it houses more than 12,000 employees in one central four-storied circular building of approximately 2,800,000 square feet (260,000 square meters).’
Steve Jobs started the project back in 2006, and presented it in 2011. It was approved in 2013, after Steve had passed away.
Apple Park is nearly complete.
Here’s a drone tour of the building:
Inside it, there are things such as:
- The Ring (the building itself), with 9 entrances and no main lobby;
- The Steve Jobs Theater;
- Yoga room;
- 100,000-square-foot fitness and wellness center;
- Walking and running paths around it;
- 9,000 drought-resistant trees (so the daily view for employees will be nature);
- Apple Store;
- 318,000 square meters of office and R&D laboratory space;
- 11,000 parking places;
- 805,000 solar arrays;
- A 775-foot long tunnel.
As you can see, there’s a great emphasis on health and entertainment. Tim Cook discussed plenty of times the importance of encouraging wellness in the workplace, and also keeping things interesting and not creating yet another boring office building.
Apple Park is now considered the mothership, the home of the company and anything that will be launched from here on will be started there.
Visitors can also see the new Apple Headquarters.
Maybe the Apple Store on the list above was a hint. But yes, not only employees will enjoy the Apple park and its surroundings.
The so-called Steve Jobs Theater is actually a 1000-seat auditorium. Probably launches and other events will be hosted there.
Safety isn’t an overlooked aspect of the Apple Park either. It’s built in a way that allows it to move in any direction if there’s an earthquake, and still be okay afterwards.
As you can see from the number of solar arrays mentioned above, the Apple Campus will also be powered solely by solar energy.
In addition to their environmentally-friendly approach, the projects also becomes the world’s biggest naturally ventilated building. It won’t need heating or air conditioning for 9 months out of the year.
What are your thoughts on the Apple Park? And is it something you’d like to see yourself?
Image courtesy of Apple.com