Apple Campus 2 is nearly ready: Stunning new images reveal the firm’s incredible attention to detail
Building was the brain-child of Steve Jobs, who came up with the design months before his death in 2011
It features the world’s largest piece of curved glass and will be surrounded by thousands of trees
Apple has taken inspiration from its sleek phone designs, but this has created some construction challenges
Apple hopes that the $5 billion 2.8 million-square-foot campus will be finished by spring this year
The Apple campus will have 360-degree curved glass fronted walls and central courtyard as well as a 1,000-seater auditorium, a gym and 300,000 square feet of ‘research’ space. Pictured is the most recent image of the site, taken on January 13.
KEY FEATURES OF APPLE CAMPUS 2
Appearing as a giant saucer, the Silicon Valley site near the 280 Highway will be home to 13,000 Apple employees.
There will be jogging and cycling trails, with more than a thousand bikes kept on site at all times, which staff can use to make their way around.
Apple Campus 2 will additionally have underground parking hidden from view, meaning 80 per cent of the site can be covered in trees. The site was previously owned by Hewlett Packard and the majority of the area is currently covered in asphalt.
Elsewhere underground, the auditorium will be where Apple’s CEO Tim Cook will present the companies keynotes ahead of product launches, for example. This auditorium will be covered with a circular glass pavilion that will also be an access point for employees and guests.
Natural gas will, primarily, provide the building’s power and the local energy grid will only be accessed in emergencies.
The glass structure will also be fitted with solar panels.
The circular, four-storey building will be around a mile in circumference and a third of a mile wide and was recently described by the San Fransisco Weekly as a ‘massive glass doughnut’.
The building stays eco-friendly with natural ventilation that works instead of air-conditioning for 70 per cent of the year, low energy LED lighting where natural light doesn’t reach, and on-site recycling