2017 04: April

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Facts You Never Knew You Wanted:

Apple's new spaceship HQ - "Apple Park" - doesn't have a very impressive name, but some other facts help make up for that.

  • Once the dust settles, the total cost of the campus is expected to be about $5 billion.
  • The initial land purchase was cobbled together from nine Cupertino properties that were completed in 2006
  • Apple Park will be set in a 2.8 million-square-foot area - That's 176-acres.
  • The campus was conceived by Steve Jobs but designed by British architect Norman Foster.
  • Forster+Partners founder and chairman Norman Foster explained that he was inspired by the idea of a London square, where houses surround a park. This eventually evolved into the present design: a circular structure surrounding a large outdoor park.
  • The building is more than a mile around.
  • All the windows on the outside of the building are curved and, according to Apple, are made of "the world's largest panels of curved glass."
  • Jobs wanted no seam, gap or paintbrush stroke showing; every wall, floor and even ceiling is to be polished to a supernatural smoothness.
  • All of the interior wood was to be harvested from a specific species of maple, and only fine quality 'heartwood' at the centre of the trees would be used.
  • The architects were required to consider the different departments that would need to work together, and considered vertical proximities as well as horizontal ones.
  • Apple has actually designed its own smart door lock for the campus - Apple has applied for a patent for its device with model number A1844. Doors will be opened with an employee badge.
  • Once fully operational, the campus will house up to 12,000 employees.
  • Parking is built both underground and in two large parking structures accommodating approximately 14,200 employees.
  • There will be 300 car-charging stations and 2,000 bicycle parking spaces.
  • 1,000 bikes will be kept on the site and available to staff to get around the campus.
  • Apple said that the process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.
  • There will reportedly be custom-designed 18-foot tables by a Dutch company, Arco, for Apple employees to take advantage of in open work spaces to discourage an office-like atmosphere.
  • The inner courtyard will be home to a 30-acre green space complete with mini fruit orchards including apricot, olive, and apple trees; and will also host a herb garden and pond.
  • All landscaping is intended to make the area look very park-like. It will include jogging paths and walking trails around the building.
  • The campus’s ring-shaped main building will cover 2.8 million square feet. That’s about 49 standard football fields.
  • The employee café can seat around 3,000 patrons.
  • The 1,000-seat underground auditorium will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. (It doesn't not resemble a turtleneck, nor is it black!)
  • The main building will include a 'wellness centre'. This $75m fitness centre will probably cater for the needs of the entire Apple community in Silicon Valley, which is around 20,000 people.
  • The campus will be exceedingly eco-friendly, run entirely on renewable energy. Energy sources will come from solar panels on the roofs, supplemented by on-campus Bloom Energy Servers, which run off of harvested methane.
  • The new campus will reportedly use recycled water and will use 13,300 feet of pipeline to share the supply between it and Cupertino.
  • The campus will house two separate buildings for a highly secure R&D department.
  • Apple will not open a museum at the new HQ. As Phil Schiller explained, Apple is "focused on inventing the future, not celebrating the past".
  • Even with this new colossal project opening in 2017, Apple has no plans to destroy its existing headquarters building located at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino.
  • Apple is also developing a new HQ in London in the Battersea Power Station building for its 1400 UK staff. This $17 billion investment makes 'Apple Park' look cheap!

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