Ap­ple’s HQ feels like a space­ship

The Daily Examiner - - MONEY SAVER HQ -

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.

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