MEET AP­PLE PARK

A LOOK IN­SIDE AP­PLE’S 175- ACRE CAM­PUS WITH A SPACE­SHIP EPICENTER & STEVE JOBS THE­ATER

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The new home of Ap­ple head­quar­ters, Ap­ple Park, is nearly com­plete. The park's main build­ing, re­ferred to as the “Space­ship” thanks to its ring-shaped de­sign, cov­ers 2.8 mil­lion square feet and will be­come home to some 12,000 em­ploy­ees, bring­ing Steve Jobs' vi­sion for a new Ap­ple cam­pus to life. The grounds span a whop­ping 175 acres, and every­thing runs en­tirely on re­new­able en­ergy, which is a mas­sive feat for one of the largest of­fice cam­puses in the world. Be­fore his death, Steve Jobs worked to get the city of Cu­per­tino to ap­prove con­struc­tion of the fu­tur­is­tic build­ing. And now, at the high­est point of the Ap­ple Park cam­pus stands the Steve Jobs The­ater, which I sus­pect will be the au­di­to­rium of choice for the up­com­ing iPhone 8 re­lease.

STEVE JOBS’ VI­SION

“Steve's vi­sion for Ap­ple stretched far be­yond his time with us,” said Tim Cook, Ap­ple's CEO. Cook has con­sis­tently worked to honor Jobs' legacy, with Ap­ple Park's 1,000-seat au­di­to­rium, named af­ter the late founder, be­ing only the most re­cent. “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,” said Lau­rene Pow­ell Jobs, the wi­dow of Steve Jobs.

The cam­pus is de­signed to pro­vide a holis­tic en­vi­ron­ment not only for the planet, but for the em­ploy­ees who work there and mem­bers of the pub­lic who come to visit. The court­yard at the cen­ter of the space­ship build­ing will house 30 acres of green space fea­tur­ing or­chards har­bor­ing ap­ple, olive, and apri­cot trees, along with a sprawl­ing meadow and pond. The sur­round­ing park­lands of­fer two miles of walk­ing trails for em­ploy­ees. Ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple, the com­pany has part­nered with ar­chi­tec­tural firm Fos­ter + Partners to re­place “5 mil­lion square feet of as­phalt and con­crete with grassy fields and over 9,000 na­tive and drought-re­sis­tant trees.”

“Con­nect­ing ex­traor­di­nar­ily ad­vanced build­ings with rolling park­land cre­ates a won­der­fully open en­vi­ron­ment for peo­ple to cre­ate, col­lab­o­rate, and work to­gether,” said Jony Ive, Ap­ple's chief de­sign of­fi­cer. Op­er­at­ing on 100 per­cent re­new­able en­ergy, the space­ship build­ing will boast 17 megawatts of rooftop so­lar. It's also the world's largest nat­u­rally ven­ti­lated build­ing, re­quir­ing no heat­ing or air con­di­tion­ing for nine months out of the year.

THE PRICE OF SUS­TAIN­ABIL­ITY

Build­ing Ap­ple Park hasn't come cheap, how­ever. Once it's all said and done, Ap­ple will have spent an es­ti­mated $5 bil­lion on the cam­pus. On the prop­erty, Ap­ple built two sep-

“CON­NECT­ING EX­TRAOR­DI­NAR­ILY AD­VANCED BUILD­INGS WITH ROLLING PARK­LAND CRE­ATES A WON­DER­FULLY OPEN EN­VI­RON­MENT FOR PEO­PLE TO CRE­ATE, COL­LAB­O­RATE, AND WORK TO­GETHER.” – JONY IVE

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