The Spaceship Rises: A First Look At Apple’s New Campus
Apple’s new campus has received significant attention during its development phase, from design renderings to blueprints to aerial footage captured by drones. Apple has shared with Mashable exclusive details and photos of its new corporate offices, including the theater that will serve as the venue for future Apple product launches.
While we’ve been hearing about the design of the campus and its facilities for nearly five years, installation of the massive, curved glass panels that surround the Main Building’s spaceship-like design is about 33% complete.
Overall construction is projected to wrap by the end of this year, with the opening scheduled for 2017.
The company has paid as much attention to the precise details of Apple Campus 2 (located a few miles from its existing headquarters) as it does to its products.
In fact, the new campus required the creation of custom-made machines — which Apple calls “manipulators” — to handle the lifting and placing of nearly 900 curved glass panels, some of which measure an incredible 46 feet long and 10.5 feet wide. The project is not only a massive undertaking on the ground, but Apple is working with design firms, material suppliers and other vendors across 19 countries.
While more details about Apple’s Main Building, which will house about 13,000 employees, have trickled out in the last year, little has been revealed around the “Theatre” until now — and yes, that’s the name and spelling used internally by Apple during its development.
The 120,000-square-foot Theatre, with a capacity of 1,000 seats, is a subterranean auditorium, but that’s not to say it doesn’t make a statement from the outside.
Designed by U.K.-based architect firm Foster+Partner, the cylinder-shaped lobby can be seen at ground level and doesn’t have any columns. Instead, the space is open, encased by glass and will have stairs down to the event hall.
As of now, Apple typically rents out space for its press launches at venues such as the Moscone Center in San Francisco. But the Theatre, which will offer 360-degree views of the campus, will become the new stage where Apple will publicly debut its products to the media and, ultimately, the world.
There will be parking structures accessible to the Theatre and a pedestrian path to the Main Building, located just Northwest of the event space.
The diameter alone (at 1,521 feet) is more than the height of the Empire State Building. The circumference is more than a mile around. When it opens, about 80% of the area will be landscape.
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