New Apple Park Drone Footage Reveals Nearly Complete Steve Jobs Theatre
Apple Park, the much awaited new US$5 billion company headquarters for the prolific computer company is almost done. Drone footage taken by YouTuber Duncan Sinfield shows the “spaceship” or Apple’s main building and the new Steve Jobs Theatre where Apple’s annual hardware event is taking place for the first time.
While there is ample footage of the Cupertino, California-based main building’s progress over the years, the much-anticipated ode to Apple’s founder has been more of a mystery but with the launch of the iPhone 8 drawing near, the space has finally been revealed. The top of it at least, the 1,000 auditorium is actually directly underneath the circular, glass lobby which resembles a much smaller version of the giant, UFO-like main campus.
According to Apple Insider, Apple spared no expense with the architectural tribute to Jobs,
“The theater reportedly occupies four underground stories, and will have a staircase spiraling alongside the walls. Its 1,000 seats are made of leather —in March, an engineer claimed the building's budget meant that each seat cost the equivalent of $14,000.”
It’s no surprise that Apple has long outgrown their old headquarters in Cupertino, now the building, a dream of Steve Jobs is near completion. Sitting on 176-acres of land, the structure was inspired by a London square in which houses surround a green space. It was designed by British firm Foster+Partners who notably also created among others, Wembley Stadium, Canary Wharf Underground Station, Stansted Airport, London's Millennium Bridge, HSBC HQ at Canary Wharf, etc.
Besides the fact that this building might be the most technologically advanced structure in the world, it will also be the greenest. During Apple’s 'Let us loop you in' launch event in March 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook 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."
Apple Park will officially open at the end of this year.
Via Duncan Sinfield
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