We will remember Steve Jobs as the individual who revolutionized the technological world with Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Innumerable people are using his products today, and it’s pretty evident that they will continue to use them. Before his death, Steve Jobs revealed his plans for creating a new futuristic Apple headquarter.
It reflects the Californian landscapes from his childhood. It is referred as the Flying Spaceship by the Silicon Valley. The Apple headquarters are very close to completion; only a few months are remaining. British firm “Foster Partners” prepared the design. We can assure you that you will be in awe of its design. Here are a few details of it.
Overall cost of Apple headquarters
The futuristic Apple headquarters are prepared with utmost attention to intricate details. Starting from the arrangement of electrical wirings to the finish of hidden pipes, you just cannot miss a single aspect. The building has an overall area of 2.8 million square foot. “Huge” is just a small word for it. The overall campus has a cost of $5 billion. The insiders even check for every minute detail, even the door handles. The bosses of respective departments will confirm it. After that the employees can execute any design decision.
According to the statement of an insider, “As with Apple’s products, Jobs wanted no seam, gap or paintbrush stroke showing. Every wall, floor, and even ceiling are to be polished to a supernatural smoothness. All of the interior wood was to be harvested from a particular species of maple, and only exceptional quality ‘heartwood’ at the center of the trees would be used.” British chief design officer, Sir Jony Ive designed the new elements of the campus. It includes the desks and chairs; they are in tune with the company’s style.
Open air provisions
There are arrangements for the staff to work in open air. Thus, the new Apple headquarters will have 500 custom designed 18 foot long tables. The Dutch Company called Arco designed it. When they are placed end to end, it looks like 26 football pitches. The construction work started in November 2013. Till then, more than 13000 full-time construction workers are completing Job’s dream.
Steve Jobs wanted the four stories circular structure to be spread across the former Hewlett-Packard site of 176 acres. The massive walls will allow the 14200 employees of the company to get a view out of the room from both sides of the ring as they are working. The company has already installed the largest piece of curved glass. If you want to walk around the Apple headquarters campus 2, you have to walk a mile from start to finish. The design was inspired by the concept of London Square. There are more than 7000 trees around the campus.
A pleasing work environment for employees
According to Norman Foster, the founder of Foster+Partners, “It didn’t start as a circular building, it grew into that. So the idea of one building with a great park was borne out of a very intensive process”. While designing, the architects had to consider different departments that have to work together. The proximity adjacencies are so carefully considered that you can move both vertically and horizontally in the buildings. One of the major features is the restaurant. The design ensures the employees are happy at the restaurant. It opens in the big gardens inside a doughnut-shaped building.
Apple restored the landscape area, and for that particular area, the company hired arborist from Stanford University. The company wants to restore some natural plant life in the area. The grounds will offer the feel of a park to the site. It includes jogging paths and also cycling and walking trails. There is a place to keep more than 1000 bikes on the site, and these bikes are available for staff to move around the campus. More than $1 billion is spent on the interior on the main building. There is a $75 million wellness center that will cater the needs of the entire Apple community in Silicon Valley. It has got more than 20000 people.
A self-sufficient building
The Apple Headquarters is also designed with a new 1000-seat underground auditorium. It allows Apple to hold the presentations in the same building. It is the place where a new product launches every time. On the southern end, there is a 300000 square feet area where the company is going to create the secretive research and development teams. Within the headquarters, there is also a huge 14200 space car park. The design of space car park doesn’t allow rows of parked cars to spoil the view from ground level or above.
All Steve Jobs wanted was to ensure that the total environmental impact of that building was minimal. And this is what makes the building self-sufficient. The power facilities come from the “On-site low-carbon central plant.” There are thousands of solar panels on the roof, and it is installed because Apple intends to use the alternative energy. The reason is the company is under the pledge to make use of 100% renewable energy. There is a new Green Space within Apple Headquarters. The main building won’t have an air conditioning or heating for three-quarters of the year. The company will keep natural ventilation system.
The new campus of Apple Headquarters will use recycled water and 13300 feet of pipeline. It will share the supply between the company and California city of Cupertino. The overall building is 50000 square feet. It is one of the biggest offices in the capital.