Remember that stunning new campus – originally dubbed the Spaceship – which Apple has been building for quite some time in Cupertino? Well, Tim Cook’s company has today announced and released additional information about the building, including the fact that it will be officially known as ‘Apple Park’.
Apple has further added that Apple Park will be in a state of occupation by Apple employees as early as this coming April. Moving more than 12,000 employees to the site is expected to take approximately six months, with additional construction set to go ahead until the summer.
Not only has the company now announced the official name of its new campus, but there’s also a very touching naming convention for part of the building dedicated to Apple co-founder, the iconic late Steve Jobs. In honor of Jobs, Apple has chosen to name the internal auditorium at the site the “Steve Jobs Theater”, with that particular part being one of the key areas of the 2.8 million square-foot building.
Steve would have turned 62 this Friday, February 24. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The Steve Jobs Theater is situated atop a hill — one of the highest points within Apple Park — overlooking meadows and the main building.
The officially issued press release not only pays tribute to the late Steve Jobs by confirming the naming of the impressive sound auditorium after him, but it also alludes to Jobs’ creativity and vision which was seemingly one of the major driving forces behind Apple Park being designed and built:
Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration, Apple Park is transforming miles of asphalt sprawl into a haven of green space in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley. The campus’ ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass.
Aside from the impressive visuals, the whole design and build process has been one of monolithic proportions. Working on conjunction with Foster + Partners, Apple has created a seriously impressive new home in Apple Park which takes 5 million-square-foot of eye-sore asphalt, and replaces it not only with a modern achievement of architectural brilliance, but also stunning grassy fields and 9,000 planted trees. The whole building is also entirely powered by renewable energy sources complete with 17 megawatts of rooftop solar.
The new Apple Park will also feature an Apple Store and cafe which will be open to the public. As for the employees, “a 100,000-square-foot fitness center for Apple employees, secure research and development facilities and the Steve Jobs Theater” are also being added. “The parklands offer two miles of walking and running paths for employees, plus an orchard, meadow and pond within the ring’s interior grounds.”
When officially opened, Apple Park will definitely become a pilgrimage destination for those worldwide Apple fans.
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