The last product from Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs, who died October 5th 2011 whom suffered pancreatic cancer, is the 175-acre campus called Apple Park. It hosts the new Apple headquarters called the ‘spaceship’. This campus is located nearby to the already existing headquarters and offices in Cupertino, California. This is said to open in April and will feature few areas open to the public.
Apple states that it will take them six months to transfer 12,000 employees from their local, existing offices and headquarters to their new ‘spaceship’. Their new headquarters is envisioned to be ‘a beacon of innovation’ and a place for their employees to release more ground-breaking products.
At the heart of the new site lies a 2.8 million square-foot ring-shaped building enclosed in glass. In memory of Steve Jobs, a 1,000 seat auditorium called the Steve Jobs Theatre will be opened along with a 20 foot tall entrance and a metallic carbon-fibre roof. The theatre will sit on the highest point of the campus.
Focus on the Environment
The new headquarters will hold a 17 megawatt rooftop solar installation to become “one of the largest” and the “world’s largest naturally ventilated buildings, projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year” as said by Apple.
In a statement by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, “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.”
The landscape consists of a 100,000 square-foot gym, two miles of paths, an orchard, meadow, pond and 9,000 trees to complete the landscaping.
Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer said, “Steve invested so much of his energy creating and supporting vital, creative environments,” he went on to further state, “we have approached the design, engineering and making of our new campus with the same enthusiasm and design principles that characterize our products.”