New photos of Apple's new $680 million campus emerge
Photos of Apple Campus 2 have been released today, thanks to Australian geospatial mapping and visual analytics company, Nearmap.
Apple began building the new Apple Campus 2 in late 2013, and there’s huge anticipation globally about how the project is progressing and what the campus will look like. It’s a huge job covering 2.8 million sq ft in Cupertino, California, with an estimated value of $680 million.
Construction is forecasted to conclude in 2016, with more than 12,000 employees expected to move over. According to a building permit submitted by the company, Apple also plans to build an underground theatre to seat 1,000 people.
Some interesting facts about Apple Campus 2:
- The initial land cost was estimated at $160 million, though Apple have since bought an additional 98 acres (400,000 meteres squared) for $300 million, bringing the total land cost to $460 million.
- The total cost of construction was estimated in 2013 to be $5 billion.
- It was designed by Lord Norman Foster.
- The central building, nicknamed “Spaceship” is planned to house up to 13,000 employees in one central four-storied circular building of approximately 2,800,000 square feet (260,000 m2), which will include a café for 3,000 sitting people, be surrounded by extensive landscaping, and offer parking both underground and in a parking structure.
- Other facilities include a 1,000 seat auditorium, 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2) of R&D facilities, a fitness center, an orchard (because, you know, Apple), and a dedicated generating plant as the primary source of electricity (as well as other, more environmentally sound power sources)
- Every pane of glass in the main building will be curved.
- The existing ratio of built-up area to landscaping on the site is 80:20. After Apple’s redevelopment, this ratio will be reversed so that 80% of the redeveloped site will be greenery.