Let's start with a simple introduction. Here is a video put together that highlights the features of the new Apple Park in Cupertino, CA.
Nice, huh? The new Apple headquarters will house 12,000 employees beginning in April 2017. It will also have a massive theater complex, aptly named the Steve Jobs Theater.
Apple Park will take up 175 acres of land in the Silicon Valley locale of Cupertino, including a 2.8 million square foot main building made from curved glass—these will be the world's largest panels of curved glass. The complex will also be powered 100% by renewable energy, something that Mr. Jobs always always desired.
Jobs goal before he passed away was to create a signature campus that expresses the values of the company for generations upon generations. It's certainly unique, all the way down to its extremely geometrical shapes. And of course, being that it's in northern California there are ample tall trees surrounding the complex.
Any guesses as to the cost of this facility? If you said $1 billion you are way low. The final price tag will be around $5 billion.
Apple Park will also have an Apple Store, shocking; a visitor's center; large fitness center for Apple employees; and a public cafe. The facility will be powered by 17 megawatts of rooftop solar power making it one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world. It will also utilize natural ventilation for the entire building.
How does it compare to the Googleplex in nearby Mountain View, CA? Well, they are both gigantic for one. The original complex alone had 2 million square feet of office space, but is still second to the largest single Google building in the world at 2.9 million square feet in New York City.
In 2013, Google constructed a new 1.1 million square foot headquarters called "Bay View" which would adjoin the original campus on 42 acres overlooking the bay. In Google's 2012-year end annual report it claimed to have 3.5 million square feet of total office space in Mountain View.
Apple Park will be yet another chapter in the construction of the Silicon Valley empire where businesses of all sorts are changing the landscape of the region quite literally. If you're ever in the area I recommend visiting these campuses, at least so that you can admire them from the outside. If you want to work here? Well, that's a much harder feat to achieve. You'd better start padding your resume today.