Way back in 2011, Steve Jobs mentioned that the new headquarters for Apple was to be, “a little like a spaceship.” What Jobs envisioned over half a decade ago is coming to life.
Thanks to drone videographer Matthew Roberts, we have an exclusive glimpse of what the new Apple spaceship campus looks like. It’s massive, shaped like a donut, and looks like a spaceship prepped for a Mars landing.
Apple CEO Tim Cook shared with employees that they may be working from the new spaceship campus as soon as January of 2017, as mentioned by 9 to 5 Mac over a year ago. The building still has some work to do, but the campus is starting to look a hell of a lot like a spaceship, just as Steve Jobs envisioned many full moons ago.
Solar Panels are constructed across the majority of the roof of the new Apple spaceship headquarters. Based on the captions from the drone video, roughly 65% of the solar panels have been installed. According to Apple, the building will be completely reliant on solar power.
The new Cupertino, California campus has room for 13,000 Apple employees with job listings going online for additional employees a the 176-acre spaceship office in November of last year. The campus boasts of 3,000 trees as well, so not only are they going all solar power but also boosting the oxygen levels in the Bay Area.
A 1,000 seat underground auditorium built separate from the main office called ‘Campus 2’ has been designated to host all of Apple’s product unveilings which could come as soon as March of 2017.
As for the current headquarters which is being replaced, it will continue to remain open despite the new structures. The project will cost Apple an estimated $5 billion and has been under construction since 2013.
The British architectural firm Foster + Partners is the team behind the new office design which has built London’s Wembley Stadium and Millennium Bridge along with the New York City Hearst Tower. the team behind the design, previously worked on London’s Wembley Stadium and Millennium Bridge as well as New York City’s Hearst Tower.
It’s a smart play by a company whose customers are dominated by wealthy, tech savvy, early adopters and environmentalists. They will save money with their renewable energy source with solar power being a more economical option than fossil fuels, appeal to their brand and customers.