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The Apple ParkAlso the spaceship called, was completed in 2016 and has been used by Apple employees since April 2017. Regular use as Apple's HQ will soon begin. The giant building, located three miles outside of Cupertino, was allowed to go through the magazine beforehand Popular Science which published a corresponding report in its July / August 2016 edition. The tour through the building and the facts about it show the enormous dimensions of the monster building - now also on the Popular Science website.
"As huge as your own global reach"
This is how Popular Science describes the new Apple campus popsci.com. The building, referred to by many as a spaceship, is more than a mile in circumference. That's more than 1,6 kilometers! This makes Apple Park larger than the Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Department of Defense.
Another comparison: the first Apple campus measures 130.000 m²; the Apple Campus 2 measures five and a half times with over 710.000 m². The diameter of the ring-shaped building is 461 meters - within the complex there will be a 12 hectare park that could accommodate Vienna's city park twice.
Apple Park: Facts and Figures on Campus 2
The land for the new headquarters, which is just under a mile east of the current headquarters, has been owned by Apple since 2006. The foundation stone for the new building took place in 2013. From autumn 2017 it will offer space for 12.000 to 13.000 employees. With around 14.000 parking spaces, guests and business partners also have the opportunity to park their vehicles. To make a long list short, here is a list of all the important data and figures for the new monster building in Silicon Valley:
- Architect: Norman Foster
- Area: 176 acres or around 712.272 m²
- Floors: 4 above ground; 3 underground
- In addition to offices, conference halls, research facilities, etc. there will also be cafes, more than 3,2 km of paths in the park, a fitness center and a visitor center with a café and Apple Store
- Glass shoring: 1,23 million square feet or 114.270 m²; around 3.000 window panes; heaviest element weighs 7.000 pounds or 3.175 kg
- Concrete: Approx. 4.300 concrete slabs were used for floors and ceilings; the heaviest weighs around 60.000 pounds or 27,2 tons
- The self-ventilation of the concrete slabs should relieve the air conditioning system or make it superfluous
- Energy: The solar panels on the roof are supposed to produce 16 megawatts; If the conditions are particularly favorable, up to 75% of one's own electricity needs should be produced by the company
- Unofficial cost statement: The construction is said to have cost up to 5 billion US dollars
Keynotes are held in the company's own auditorium
By the way, Apple will completely move into the new home. This means that in addition to the many thousands of employees, names to be named such as the designer Jony Ive and the CEO Tim Cook will move in with their offices. There will also be an auditorium measuring more than 11.145 m², which will be used for product presentations and other keynotes. The name: Steve Jobs Theater. That September Keynote 2017 with the launch of the iPhone 8, which will take place in the Steve Jobs Theater, is not yet in sight; but would be appropriate.
More information and a video
You can find more information and a video on the topic on the Popular Science website in the relevant section Post . For this blog entry I also have data from the Wikipedia entry used to the Apple Park. In addition to the video at PopSci, I would now like to conclude with a current video of the construction work on Apple Park (the March 2017 update from Matthew Roberts) present:
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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