Before Steve Jobs passed in 2011, he made plans to design what he called, Apple Park. The park is quiet literally that; a 175-acre office park…except it’s shaped like a flying saucer!
Apple Park will run entirely on renewable energy, accommodate 12,000 employees, feature a theatre named after Steve Jobs, and now has a move-in date…well, month. Come April, Apple Park will open in Cupertino, California.
Apple’s current CEO, Tim Cook, said that Steve “intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come.” The spaceship looking campus is 2.8 million square feet and is completely covered in the world’s largest panels of curved glass.
The theatre built for Steve Jobs is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder with a carbon-fiber roof and 1,000-seat auditorium, overlooking the main building and surrounding meadows. Cook stated that, “the workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment.”
Being run entirely on renewable energy, Apple Park has one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world, with 17 megawatts of rooftop solar. It’s also home to the world’s largest naturally ventilated building, estimated to require no heating or air conditioning 9 months of the year. The location of the park was chosen to replace 5 million square feet of asphalt with green spaces, including over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees.
Laurene Powell Jobs said that the California landscape was Steve’s favourite setting for thought and Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive, pressed that, “connecting extraordinarily advanced buildings with rolling parkland creates a wonderfully open environment for people to create, collaborate and work together.” The park will even include a visitors centre with an Apple Store and cafe that’s open to the public, running paths, an orchard, meadow, pond and fitness centre for employees.
This is basically Disneyland for nerds.