The spaceship has landed.
Apple’s brand-new head office– or the spaceship, as it’s been called– will open in April and will even open up some areas of the complex to the general public.
The first workers will start to move into the 175-acre complex this month, while building construction and landscaping will continue throughout the site, the conference speaker stated in a conference on Wednesday. It’ll take 6 months for 12,000 employees to all move from the existing headquarters and other offices in Cupertino, California, into the new campus nearby that will officially be called Apple Park.
Apple Park is the last item from co-founder Steve Jobs, who died Oct. 5, 2011, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The notoriously detail-oriented leader had visualised Apple’s brand-new headquarters to be a beacon of innovation and a location for the company’s staff members to continue their efforts to launch innovative products. Apple’s headcount has actually swollen considerably since the early years of the company, and it has outgrown its present workplaces at 1 Infinite Loop, which holds approximately 2,800 employees.
The site has at its heart a ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot building clad in glass. Jobs compared the structure to a “spaceship” when he proposed the advancement to the Cupertino City Council in 2011. The concept was certainly outside the norm for corporate headquarters, and Jobs’ intense interest in style had an obvious impact on the architecture. He had actually initially prepared for the complex to open in 2015; however it took longer to obtain approval from the city than originally thought.
In memory of the late Apple co-founder, the campus will include a 1,000-seat auditorium called the Steve Jobs Theatre. The entryway to the structure will be a 20-foot-tall, 165-foot size glass cylinder with a “metallic carbon-fibre” roofing system. The theatre will sit atop a hill, one of the highest points on the campus.
“Steve’s vision for Apple extended far beyond his time with us, he intended Apple Park to be the house of innovation for generations to come,” Apple CEO Tim Cook stated. “The work areas and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We have actually achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world, and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.”
A 17-megawatt roof solar installation on the site will be “among the largest” on the globe, Apple stated. The primary structure will also be the “world’s biggest naturally ventilated structure, forecasted to need no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year.”
The landscaping design will consist of 9,000 trees and 2 miles of walking tracks for employees, along with an orchard, meadow and pond. Staff members can exercise in a 100,000-square-foot health club or use the outside paths for walking and running.
“Steve invested a lot of his energy producing and supporting essential, innovative environments,” Jony Ive, Apple’s cheif design officer, stated in a declaration. “We have approached the style, engineering and making of our new campus with the same interest and design principles that define our products.”
In spite of Apple’s infamous secrecy, the public can enter certain parts of the campus: a restaurant and winery and a visitor center with an Apple Store.