Apple has confirmed that Apple Park — the $5 billion (£4 billion), 175-acre campus co-founder Steve Jobs once compared to a spaceship — will open to employees in April. Apple says it will take more than six months to move the 12,000-plus employees to the new campus in Cupertino, Calif., which is where Apple’s current headquarters resides.
The project is an important one for Apple. It was first envisioned by Jobs as “a center for creativity and collaboration,” said Apple in a statement. It features a ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building boasting the world’s largest panels of curved glass.
“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 Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “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.”
Among the other campus amenities: A visitors’ center with an Apple Store and cafe open to the public, a 100,000-square-foot fitness center for employees, 2 miles of walking and running paths, secure research and development facilities, an orchard, a meadow, and a pond.
Apple also revealed that the new 1,000-seat auditorium would be named the Steve Jobs Theatre, after the company’s late co-founder who would have turned 62 last week. The auditorium, which is “opening later this year,” sits on a hill overlooking the rest of the campus and comes with a metallic carbon-fiber roof.
“Steve invested so much of his energy creating and supporting vital, creative environments,” Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, said in a statement. “We have approached the design, engineering and making of our new campus with the same enthusiasm and design principles that characterize our products. Connecting extraordinarily advanced buildings with rolling parkland creates a wonderfully open environment for people to create, collaborate and work together,” he added.
“Steve was exhilarated and inspired by the California landscape, by its light and its expansiveness,” Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Steve Jobs, said in a statement. “It was his favorite setting for thought. Apple Park captures his spirit uncannily well,” she added. “He would have flourished, as the people of Apple surely will, on this luminously designed campus.”
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