Apple has gone by this principle in any product that they have ever created. Following the trend, is their latest addition, the Apple Campus or the Apple Park, which is going to be replacing the current Apple HQ located at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California, United States. Wired reporter Steven Levy got an exclusive tour of the campus. And the stunning new photos tell you why Jobs was a visionary of a kind.
Made to look like a spaceship, the campus is estimated to have cost nearly 5 billion dollars. And these features will tell you why.
Complete with environmental-friendly and energy-saving equipment like rooftop solar panels, it is surrounded by trees, both inside and outside the main building forming a ring-shape.
On 7th June, 2011, Steve Jobs introduced the campus in a presentation to the Cupertino council, announcing it as one of his most ambitious projects towards the end of his life.
And so, he spent hours planning out every little detail of the building with various architects. The details were as minute as having the wood used in the wall to be cut in a way that in winters it has the least amount of sap and sugar content.
The restaurant at the Apple campus has a four-storey high glass door which helps converting it into a form that can let one feel the weather on good weather days. Not just that, there is only one restaurant so as to make the employees bump into each other more often. There is also a 100,000 square feet fitness center for the employees, with a two-storey Yoga room. If that is not all, they even have patented pizza boxes. These boxes apparently come laced with a technology that will prevent it from getting soggy. (Kinda wishing you worked there?)
The Apple campus doesn’t really require heating or air conditioning for 9 months in a year because it is one of the largest naturally ventilated buildings in the world, one of the things Jobs made sure materialised. The airflow has been optimised by having ‘the ring’ breathe through the undersides of the canopies and hot air is moved out by shafts that act like chimneys – using the concept of a breathing building.
Not just that, ‘the ring’ is built to withstand earthquakes and also, has steel-based isolators that allows the entire facility to move up to four-and-a-half feet in any direction. This way the building doesn’t really stop functioning even after an earthquake.
Apple’s design chief, Jony Ive, according to reports, may have actually spent more of his time and energy in deciding the details of the campus, than on the newer iPhones. Well, this is how you change the world, don’t you?