Apple’s Spaceship Campus To Be Officially Called Apple Park; To Open From April

Apple announced this morning that its new 175-acre Apple Campus 2 aka iSpaceship has been officially named Apple Park. It will be ready for more than 12,000 employees to begin occupying in April although the move-in process will take over six months with construction of the buildings and parklands continuing through the summer.

To honor Steve Jobs, Apple will be naming the theatre at Apple Park as Steve Jobs Theater. It is situated at one of the highest points within Apple Park and overlooks meadows and the main building The 1,000-seat auditorium has a cylindrical design with a 165ft diameter and features 20-foot-tall glass cylinder.
“Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We’ve achieved the most energy-efficient building of its kind in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.”
Apple Park will also include a visitors centre and a cafe that will be open to public. Additionally, it will also house a 100,000 sq. foot fitness centre, R&D facilities, two miles of walking and running paths, orchard, and a pond.

The main 2.8 million sq ft building is clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass. “There is not a straight piece of glass in this building,” Jobs said when presenting plans for the new campus at a Cupertino City Council meeting on June 8, 2011.

The campus will run entirely on renewable energy, thanks to the 17 megawatts of rooftop solar (one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world) and fuel cells.

Another fun fact: Apple Park files as the world’s largest naturally ventilated building— it requires no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year.


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