Apple has been a revolutionary company since the beginning, when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were soldering electronic components in a garage. They’ve come a long way since those days, with a spectacular headquarters at the famous address of 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California. Now Apple has outgrown even that facility and has started work on an exciting new office building.
The Apple Space Ship Office
The new building will be an immense four-story disk with a large, circular central courtyard. It resembles more than anything, an enormous flying saucer leading many to refer to it as “the Space Ship.” And it is truly enormous. The disk is over a mile around enclosing over 2.8 million square feet of interior space. It will provide workspace to over 13,000 Apple employees. Scheduled completion is the end of 2016.
As befitting a high-tech company, Apple’s new building will implement the latest ideas in office design.
The Outdoors Brought Indoors
The building will be ringed by huge walls of glass. Employees will be able to look outward to the rest of the campus, and also inward to the central courtyard, which was inspired by a London square where houses surround a large, central park. Huge parking garages will be built beneath the building so that car parks don’t spoil the view. Much research indicated that natural light and exposure to nature improves workplace productivity and employee morale.
Apple intends to use alternative energy to power their new headquarters. It will be entirely self sufficient with power coming from an on-site, “low-carbon” power plant supplemented by solar cells lining the roof. Additionally, over 7,000 trees will grace the campus, providing aesthetic and environmental benefits.
Latest news is that Apple is already planning a second space ship office in Sunnyvale to house around 3,000 employees.
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