It’s a 175-acre campus, 2.8 million-square-foot building, meant for over 12,000 Apple employees. The massive, space-ship looking building was something dreamt up by Steve Jobs himself, and it’s finally opening up, and all of the employees meant to go there will be moved in about six months after its opening. Construction on this project began back in 2013.
And don’t worry if you’re not an Apple employee. You’ll be able to visit Apple Park, too. The space has an area just for visitors, that (of course) includes an Apple Store. Might as well purchase a (very expensive) souvenir while you’re visiting this massive estate. It will also include a café because you’re bound to be hungry.
“Steve was exhilarated, and inspired, by the California landscape, by its light and its expansiveness. It was his favorite setting for thought. Apple Park captures his spirit uncannily well.” — Laurene Powell Jobs
In addition, Apple Park includes a 1,000-seat auditorium to be named after Jobs himself. It will be called ‘The Steve Jobs Theater’ (pictured above), and it is placed atop a hill, able to look over the rest of the expansive park.
One of the goals Apple had in developing this massive, glass-clad workspace, was to make it environmentally friendly. “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,” Says Tim Cook, Apple’s current CEO.
According to Apple’s Press Release, which can be viewed here, 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 percent renewable energy”. It will also be one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world.