Apple to open ‘spaceship’ campus in April
The Apple Park campus was first envisioned by the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2011
After years of planning and construction, Apple has finally released details of its spaceship campus, dubbed Apple Park, it is expected to be open to employees in April 2017.
The 175-arce campus was first envisioned by the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2011, who wanted to create a centre for creativity and collaboration. Apple Park will also include a theatre, which will be named ‘Steve Jobs Theatre' in memory of his talent.
The design of the project was in collaboration with Foster + Partners, Apple Park replaces 5 million-square-feet of asphalt and concrete with grassy fields and over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees, and is powered by 100% renewable energy. Plus, the building will include 17 megawatts of rooftop solar and it will be naturally ventilated, meaning it will require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year.
Also included will be a visitors centre with an Apple Store and café, a 100,000-sqaure foot fitness centre for employees, and research and development facilities. Plus the parklands offer two miles of walking and running paths for employees, plus an orchard, meadow and pond within the ring's interior grounds.
Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, said: "Steve's vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come. The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We've achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy."
With more than 12,000 employees, Apple says it will take over six months to move everyone in, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.