Apple Park is the headquarters of Apple Inc., located in Cupertino, California. It opened to 12,000 Apple employees in May 2017.
Nicknamed ‘the spaceship’ because of the scale of the circular building, it measures 1 mile in circumference, with a diameter of 461 m (1,512 ft).
The building was envisioned by Steve Jobs who was quoted, prior to his death in 2011, as saying: “We have a shot at building the best office building in the world. I really do think that architecture students will come here to see it”.
The building was designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners. Covering a total of 75 acres, the site comprises a Wellness Center, a hilltop theatre, a 755 ft entrance tunnel, and vast 4-storey glass doors that open the large café The Ring to landscape.
The building is intended to be one of the most energy efficient in the world. The site is to be entirely powered from renewable energy, with solar panels installed on the roof capable of generating 17 megawatts of power. Rather than using air conditioning, 4,300 hollow concrete slabs act as the floors, ceilings and HVAC system, funnelling cool and warm air through the offices, in effect making it a ‘breathing’ building.
In addition, Apple is planting 9,000 drought-resistant trees throughout the campus, while the site enclosed by the building will form a 30-acre landscaped park complete with fruit trees and winding pathways.
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