Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus

Technology Apr 03, 2017
Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
Apple employees will begin moving into a new campus in Cupertino, California this month.
The new Apple headquarters, named Apple Park, is a single ring, about a mile in circumference, set in a large campus that will be covered in plants and trees.

Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs once said that the new campus was "a shot at building the best office building in the world."

It will house 13,000 employees on over 2.8 million square feet of office space. Apple employees will enjoy fruit trees, a massive fitness center, and a workspace that's been carefully overseen by Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer.

The Apple HQ has been compared to a UFO and the Pentagon — and after about $5 billion in costs, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, it's ready to open.

Here's a look at Apple Park over the past five years, and what still needs to be done:


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Employees start moving in next month. "The main building, parking structure, theatre, and fitness center are under construction," said a progress report delivered to the Cupertino City Council on March 7. "Occupancy for main building will begin in April and phased to end of 2017. Phase 2 and ancillary building expected to be completed by 2018." (Apple) Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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And there's a 1,000-person auditorium for launch events and public presentations, named "Steve Jobs Theatre." Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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Here's a plus for fitness fanatics at Apple: There will be miles of jogging and cycling trails across the campus, and bikes on site to help employees get around. There's also a gym and fitness center that cost over $70 million to build, according to public permits. Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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Apple's campus is also positively covered with solar panels. Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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About 4,300 concrete slabs help make up the natural ventilation system, according to Popular Science. Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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The building will be uncommonly environmentally-friendly. Apple says it will be the largest naturally ventilated building in the world — meaning that it won't need air conditioning or heating for most of the year. Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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"Hard to know which is more beautiful, the building or that pile of dirt," Apple CEO Tim Cook told Vogue last year. Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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One fun fact about Apple Park: No dirt was removed from the site. For a while, there was a giant dirt pyramid on the site made out of all the earth that had been removed. Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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Apple decided to plant mature trees to make the campus green quicker. Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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Right now, those trees are still being planted. Landscaping is expected to extend through the end of the second quarter 2017. (Matthew Roberts/YouTube) Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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Many of those trees, especially inside the ring, are going to be fruit trees. In this diagram, the purple dots are plum trees, the orange dots are apricot tree, the brown dots are olive trees, the red dots are persimmon trees. And of course, the yellow dots are apple trees. Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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But the outside is as important as the inside. 80% of the site will be green space, and Apple is planning to plant 7,000 trees on campus. (Apple) Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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The campus was designed to be light and airy — here's a rendering. (Apple/Cupertino) Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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A leaked photo from January provides a sneak peek into the interior: (Apple) Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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One of the building's defining features is that it features huge panes of curved glass. According to Seele, Apple's glass supplier, Apple Park uses "something like six kilometers of glass." Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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Then it was time to start building. This is a snapshot of the building process in February 2016. Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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The land was finally fully cleared in 2014. Here's a photo from May of that year. (YouTube/Dana Diederich) Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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The design was partly inspired by the main quad on Stanford University's campus, Foster said. (Stanford University/Facebook) Re: Apple Park: The Complete Story Behind Apple's Futuristic New Campus
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