Apple is planning to open its new campus, named Apple Park, in April. The more than 12000 employees at Apple’s corporate headquarters will start their migration then, but will not complete until six months down the road. The campus has cost around $5 billion to build.
The campus was originally envisioned by Steve Jobs as a “center for creativity and collaboration”. Apple is planning to name the new theater at Apple Park the Steve Jobs Theater to honor the co-founder of Apple who died in 2011 aged 56.
Designed by Foster + Partners, Apple Park is organized around a ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot central building clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass. Construction on outer buildings and park spaces will continue through the summer.
“Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We’ve achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.”
“Steve was exhilarated, and inspired, by the California landscape, by its light and its expansiveness. It was his favorite setting for thought. Apple Park captures his spirit uncannily well,” said Laurene Powell Jobs. “He would have flourished, as the people of Apple surely will, on this luminously designed campus.”
“Steve invested so much of his energy creating and supporting vital, creative environments. We have approached the design, engineering and making of our new campus with the same enthusiasm and design principles that characterize our products,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. “Connecting extraordinarily advanced buildings with rolling parkland creates a wonderfully open environment for people to create, collaborate and work together. We have been extremely fortunate to be able to work closely, over many years, with the remarkable architectural practice Foster + Partners.”
In addition to the theater and main building, Apple Park will also contain a visitors center with a publicly-accessible Apple Store and Cafe, a 100,000-square-foot fitness center for Apple employees, and state-of-the-art research and development facilities. The surrounding parklands will offer two miles of walking and running paths, as well as an orchard, meadow and pond to create a relaxing work environment.