Apple’s HQ feels like a spaceship
IT’S the fifth most expensive building in the world and it looks like a billion bucks ... or five of them.
Apple opened gates to its undeniably spaceship-themed campus for the launch of its three latest iPhones and, even though it’s not complete, it is impressive and overwhelming in scale.
The company took over the 71-hectare Cupertino campus from Hewlett-Packard when it was mostly covered in concrete.
Apple’s approach, like its technology, was different, a circular building designed to house 12,000 employees and created in collaboration with Foster + Partners.
Four storeys are visible above the ground. It also has another three storeys below it.
The giant circle delivers 260,000 square metres of office space, much of it open-plan, though not all of it is being used yet.
Some engineers and security staff moved into Apple Park earlier this year. Cardboard boxes remain visible from the street in some offices.
It is unlikely Apple is wasting power on empty spaces, however. The building features one of the largest solar panel installations in the world atop its roof, and features a smart heating and cooling system that uses natural airflow.
In one of his last interviews in 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs described his vision for the energy-efficient, uniquely designed Apple campus.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and wife, outside the building.