Last week, Apple hosted an online product-launch event, with Tim Cook showing off their new Apple iPad and Apple Watch virtually, broadcasting from inside Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.
We’d long heard about the giant spaceship-looking building parked in the lush flats of Cupertino that serves as Apple’s new HQ, but this was the first time we got to actually see it. Fittingly named the Apple Park, this stunning architecture sprawls across 176 acres of land and might just be one of the most stunning campuses in the world.
Despite its incredibly futuristic looks, the Apple Park has been a long time in the making, with Steve Jobs first announcing the project way back in 2006. It took 8 long years of planning, proposals, and permit applications before construction got underway in 2014, and by 2017, the vast Apple workforce was already starting to move in.
Steve Jobs required that the campus be more like a nature refuge than an office park, so some 80% of Apple Park is green space that has been planted with drought-resistant trees and indigenous plants. Large orchards dot the property and supply fruit for the cafeterias. The roof is covered in solar panels, which provide approximately 75% of the campus’s power needs. The building is also designed to resist earthquakes.
Part of the reason Apple’s new HQ cost so much to build is due to its circular design. Jobs explained, “It’s a circle, so it’s curved all the way round. This is not the cheapest way to build something. Every pane of glass in the main building will be curved. We have a shot at building the best office building in the world. I really do think that architecture students will come here to see it.”
The massive ring-shaped building is now an iconic symbol of the Apple brand and is a fantastic testament to the company’s dedication to effortless design, sustainability, and the future of technology. I hope that I can some day visit this incredible building as a media guest, as this video likely doesn’t do it the justice it deserves.
So stop what you’re doing and be sure to check out the video above, which gives you a never-before-seen look inside Apple’s new $5 Billion headquarters!