Apple today announced that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre (70.82-hectare) campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The spaceship-like building, whose plans were first revealed back in 2011, was designed in collaboration with architecture firm Foster + Partners.
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.
Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a centre for creativity and collaboration, Apple Park is transforming a vast area of asphalt sprawl into a haven of green space in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley. The campus’ ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot (260,128 square-meter) main building is clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and CEO from 2000 to his death in 2011, would have turned 62 this Friday, 24 February. To honour his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theatre at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot- (6 meter) tall glass cylinder, 165 feet (50 meters) in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The Steve Jobs Theater is situated atop a hill — one of the highest points within Apple Park — overlooking meadows and the main building.
“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 one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.”
Apple Park will also include a visitors centre with an Apple Store and cafe open to the public, a 100,000-square-foot (92,9 square-meter) fitness centre for Apple employees, secure research and development facilities, and the Steve Jobs Theater. The parklands offer two miles of walking and running paths for employees, plus an orchard, meadow and pond within the ring’s interior grounds.
Designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, Apple Park replaces 5 million square feet (464,515 square meters) of asphalt and concrete with grassy fields and over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees and is powered by 100 percent renewable energy. With 17 megawatts of rooftop solar, Apple Park will run one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world. It is also the site of the world’s largest naturally ventilated building, projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year.
• This article was amended on 4 April 2017 to correct the first reference to the architecture firm responsible for Apple’s Park design. An earlier version said, in the first paragraph, that the campus was designed in collaboration with architecture firm Roger + Partners. In fact, the firm is named Foster + Partners, as the article correctly mentioned in the following paragraphs.