It might look like a ufo but this giant futuristic building is actually an entire campus dedicated to apple.
Known as apple park the space ship or the ring this 5 billion dollar building was finally completed in 2017 and has room for 15 000 employees. Made to blur the line between inside andoutside the building is cooled with completely natural airflow has huge four-story tall glass doors that weigh 440 000 pounds each and its own rooftop solar farms there are also hidden secrets underground that only the mind of steve jobs could have come up with so let’s take a tour and see why apple’s mothership is the company’s greatest innovation yet.
When steve jobs came up with the idea for apple park in 2011 he wanted to make history. Apple Park was envisioned as a hub for innovation with unique open concept plenty of communal working places and trees straight from natural parks. Jobs wanted to create a collaborative space where apple’s many workers could venture off for a walk in the park to clear their head and then slip back into the office to get back to brainstorming apple’s next big invention.
Jobs pitched the idea to the Cupertino city council in California in 2011. At the time apple’s employees were spread across 100 different buildings. He wanted all of his best and brightest to work in one complex which he referred to as a campus. The goal of this innovative park was to combine nature sustainability and technological advancement to create the future of office work.
To start with apple bought an industrial park in Cupertino about an hour away from San Francisco thought it was largely covered by asphalt. It is at amongst man-made rolling hills to get the ball rolling on development steve jobs met with architect norman foster Pritzker prize winner whose commissions have included the berlin rick stage, hong kong airport, and London’s infamous gherkin tower his architecture firm foster and partners decided to take on the unique project and they came up with a budget of about 500 million dollars. Unfortunately that budget didn’t work for very long by the end of 2011 development costs were estimated at about 3 billion and then by completion in 2017 the new apple HQ racked up an astonishing 5 billion dollar price tag.
It’s a good thing apple had the money to pay since the company is worth at least 2 trillion dollars today and once you have a good look at all the innovative and unique craftsmanship done on this one-of-a-kind building it’s not hard to see why it’s worth billions.
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Steve Jobs passed away in 2011 so while most of the ideas at apple park are his. The team was working without his instruction for the majority of the time it took them to build the office. Apple’s headquarters covers about 2.8 million square feet and its mos prominent building is a gigantic ringthat surrounds the entire campus. Which contains about 1.2 million square feet of office space to get to the campus you have to drive through a 755 foot 230 meter underground tunnel with white tiled walls which then brings you to a huge underground parking lot with room for 3 000 cars there’s parking for another 6 000 cars above ground the ring is four stories high and has 12000 members of staff though it’s estimated that about 15000 people could work at the park and comfort.
The park even comes with 1 000 bicycles for employees to use to move around the spacious campus. Other aspects encouraging employee health are the state-of-the-art wellness center and basketball courts this health and wellness complex includes a two-story yoga studio physical therapy studio and laundry facilities it even offers employees access to medical and dental services right on site. This wellness center alone cost almost 17 million dollars to construct but it was a vital addition to ensure the health and happiness of apple’s hard-working employees plus it was steve jobs belief that a good engineer is one that gets their body moving to inspire the brainstorming that’s needed to come up with truly innovative ideas with all of these sports facilities he definitely encouraging his employees to get out of their office chairs and live a little.
Lunchtime is another priority at the apple HQ as it should be at any good campus. The park has seven cafes with the largest spread across three levels this large cafe has balconies for people to eat on as well as large glass doors that can be opened completely on nice days for that inside outside living kind of vibe. The sliding glass doors along the exterior of the cafe extend the full four stories of the building to the roof weighing four hundred and forty thousand pounds one hundred ninety nine thousand five hundred eighty points six kilograms each they open and close quietly via mechanisms hidden underground another impressive feature of this maincafe is its capacity to feed 15000 people every single lunch time and they take their food seriously at apple for workers who want to take the cafe’sprized pizza back to their pods. Apple created and patented their very own pizza box that lets air and moisture escape so the crust won’t get soggynow that’s the kind of office perk we can get behind.
Steve Jobs wanted a lot of glass and natural light included in the park. He got exactly what he dreamed because the building features the largest curved glass panes in the world they’re 45 feet 13.7 meters tall and there are 800 on-campus another area where the glass is well shown off is in the apple auditorium or steve jobs theater the building is topped with the world’s largest carbon-fiber roof and there’s also a 42 foot 12.8-meter high glass elevator that estimated to be the tallest freestanding glass elevator in the entire world. The lobby alone cost about 12 million dollars to make but it was jobs wish that the theater stand out like a jewel with the auditorium located privately underground he definitely got his wish because he can’t miss it all in all. The theater cost about 180 million dollars to construct the only disappointing thing about apple park is that we’re not allowed to visit the ring itself is reserved for apple employees and important persons. but for people who are curious about how it feels to be in the park apple constructed a visitor center right outside the HQ where guests can visit without a pass.
It has an apple showroom an augmented-reality area where people can tour the park with the use of Apple products and another cafe the visitor center costs about 110 million dollars but since it brought tons of interesting apple fans of the campus and offers many products for sale it seems like it was another smart investment for the company.
When steve jobs came up with the idea for apple park he didn’t just want nature to be a small part of the project but a key component this means he wanted the HQ to be sustainable and eco-friendly as well as resistant to natural disasters like earthquakes hurricanes and flooding. one way the building is doing its part is by harvesting energy from a rooftop solar farm that provides for about 75 percent of the campuses total energy needs. They also have biofuel cells to help power the rest of the campus to make the HQ feel like a real national park apple had 9 000 drought-resistant trees brought in to plant around campus.
Jobs was passionate about the new campus featuring indigenous flora including fruit trees from the orchards. he remembered from growing up in northern California apples love for trees was also incorporated in the wood used to construct the offices. Every piece of wood on campus is a custom timber veneer made from recycledwood instead of real wood the ring also has base isolation underground that protects it from earthquakes. The bases isolation allows the building to move up to 4.5 feet 1.37 meters in any direction without losing its vital services so even a natural disaster can’t stop apple’s employees from getting their jobs done.
Apple park is also a building that breeds the natural airflow in the building completely gets rid of the need for any kind of air conditioning or heating. The ring inhales air through soffits the undersides of those canopies that are located all over the ring from there shafts that act like chimneys exhale warm air back outside. while the buildings may have been expensive to construct apple is optimistic that its sustainable design choices will help the company save resources on energy.
The main building is the world’s largest naturally ventilated building and the rooftops are able to generate 17 megawatts of solar energy besides saving on resources and creating a sustainable office. Apple’s HQ has a positive effect of creating serenity for all of apple’s employees the park is technologically advanced and futuristic but also grounded in nature and appreciation for the surrounding environment. This type of careas well as caring for the mental and physical health of the many employees who call this campus their office is what makes the ring unique in both appearance and practice.
Now that Steve Jobs dream for apple headquarters have been realized the nextstep is for the park to inspire offices all around the world to step up and create a workhob fit for both the health of its employees and the health of our planet.
Would you love to work at apple park do you think all the extra innovation was necessary or did apple go a little bit over board let us know in the comments down below.