The first photographs have emerged of Foster + Partners’ Californian HQ for technology giant Apple, which is set to open its doors in April
Over the next six months more than 12,000 people will move on to the 70ha site in Cupertino – dubbed Apple Park – which features a massive 260,000m² doughnut-shaped office building at its heart.
This centrepiece structure is clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass.
Foster’s has spent seven years working on the huge project, which was the brainchild of Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs. The final stage of construction will continue through the summer.
Apple park photo 1 building trees
Apple’s chief executive officer Tim Cook said: ‘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.
‘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.’
According to Apple, the campus will also include a visitors centre with an Apple Store and café, a 10,000m² fitness centre for company employees, secure research and development facilities and the Steve Jobs Theater.
The parklands boast ‘two miles of walking and running paths for employees, plus an orchard, meadow and pond within the ring’s interior grounds’.
Fosters + Partners Apple HQ Ground Floor Plan