Envisioned by Steve Jobs, Apple Park is a ring-shaped campus for the tech giant’s 12,000 employees. The whole 2.8 million-square-foot main building is completely enveloped in the “world’s largest panels of curved glass”. It’s located at the heart of the Santa Clara Valley in California, which transforms the asphalt site of the area into an oasis of green space. This aerial time-lapse video shows the gradual evolution of the campus from September 2015 until May 2017.
Apple Park is a jointly designed project by the renowned architecture firm Foster+Partners and Apple. The campus will run one of the largest on-site solar energy systems in the world, powering the whole establishment by 100% renewable energy. Some of the Park’s sustainable features are the 5 million-square-feet of grassy fields, 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees, and the 17 megawatts solar rooftop. The Apple Park will be home to the largest naturally ventilated building requiring no heating or air conditioning for 9 months of the year. Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive, expressed the tech giant’s vision of the corporate campus and how it provides a productive working space for their employees. “Connecting extraordinarily advanced buildings with rolling parkland creates a wonderfully open environment for people to create, collaborate and work together”.
To honor Jobs’ memory and legacy, who would have turned 62 this year, the massive theater at the campus will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. “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”, said Apples’s CEO, Tim Cook.
The corporate headquarters opened up to several Apple employees a few weeks ago, 6 years after Steve Jobs announced its conception in his last public appearance ever. Massive efforts to fully move the 12,000 employees to the new Apple Park will take more than six months. Construction of the buildings and parklands will continue through summer of this year.
“Steve was exhilarated, and inspired, by the California landscape, by its light and its expansiveness”, said Laurene Powell Jobs. “It was his favorite setting for thought. Apple Park captures his spirit uncannily well”.