November 19, 2013: Apple has received final approval from Cupertino City Council to continue building a massive second campus to house its growing army of workers.
A simple message from Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney regarding Apple Campus 2? “Do it.”
However, the massive structure – with an innovative circular design that will bring it to the nickname “spaceship” – remains years away from opening, despite Apple’s ambitious layout.
Apple Campus 2: Steve Jobs ’latest project
Apple began trial operation at its new headquarters nearly a decade earlier in April 2006. At that time, the company began buying land to house its second campus (after the famous Apple HQ in 1 Infinite Loop). Cupertino also initiated the engagement of architect Norman Foster.
Along with the iPad, the Apple Campus 2 – which will later be renamed Apple Park – became a major project for Apple CEO Steve Jobs as his health deteriorated. He spoke openly about a number of details of the project, from the materials used to the philosophy of the building, which is designed to promote casual cooperation between employees.
Jobs presented the design of the huge facility to the Cupertino City Council in June 2011, just two months before he ended up as CEO (and five months before he died).
However, by the end of 2013, the plans should have received final approval and work began. That included Apple’s consent to a tax increase in Cupertino. At the time, Apple thought workers would complete the new headquarters by 2016. (We noted that it is still “questionable whether they will meet that deadline.”)
Apple’s spaceship campus is taking off
Apple Park finally opened in April 2017. The main building, a giant four-story ring with a spacious open space in the center, has more than 12,000 workers (or so it was before the COVID-19 pandemic closed things).
The suburban campus has a total of 1.46 square kilometers, according to the data Wikipedia, where 80% of it consists of green areas. The apple filled the round central yard with thousands of drought-resistant plants and made an artificial pond. In 2019, the company built a unique stage in rainbow colors inside a large ring for concerts and other events.
Apple Park: Presentation of a $ 4 billion project
The technology press got its first real look at the 2.8 million-square-foot circular building when the iPhone X was unveiled at the Steve Jobs Theater.
Apple’s new seat met with a mixed reaction. On the one hand, the seat looked spectacular, and a bit as futuristic as any Apple product. The curved glass wall panels – the largest in the world – gave it a unique look. And solar panels have made it environmentally friendly, according to Apple’s green goals.
At the same time, Wired criticized the new Apple campus for its alleged adverse environmental impact. In the meantime, Bloomberg he compared the new page to Jobs ’not-quite-successful NeXT Computer, calling Apple Park a proud effort.
One thing that no one has discussed is the huge price. A subsequent assessment of property taxes by Santa Clara County estimated Apple’s distinctive-looking headquarters at $ 3.6 billion. Add the contents of the building and it is estimated at $ 4.17 billion.
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