Apple's New Campus Has Cutting-Edge Features That Will Surprise You


Apple Park, the new headquarters of the technology giant, was the final vision of the company's inimitable founder: Steve Jobs. So invested in the project was Jobs that his final public appearance before his death on October 5, 2011 was addressed to a group of members of the Cupertino Board to show his vision of the 175 acre site that would house his business for the next century. "We found a design that puts 12,000 people in a building," Jobs said during the address. "We've seen these office parks with lots of buildings, and they're very boring fast enough ... so we're going to do something different from that." Apple chose Norman Foster, a Pritzker Award winning architect who was responsible for some of the most innovative buildings on the planet.
Steve Jobs' inspiration for the new headquarters came in 2004 as he was crossing Hyde Park in London. It was there, out in the open, in the wild, that the former CEO of Apple decided that it was necessary to place his company in a new environment where the barrier between building and nature has disappeared. Yet, more than that, and many like his revolutionary iPhone, Jobs wanted to create the kind of campus that other companies would aspire to in the decades to come. Below, AD covers some of the most innovative features of Apple's new headquarters: a project so vast and exciting that it consumed the last few months of Jobs's life.


Effective Energy: The ring, as the structure is known, has the ability to operate on a fully sustainable energy, much of it from the solar panels that border the top of the spacecraft-like structure. In addition, the campus will house a variety of trees, many of which are fruit-bearing. The foliage is not only for aesthetics, but they will all be drought-tolerant varieties planted to withstand climate change.


All-Glass: The glass exterior, part of Jobs' original vision, succeeds in blurring the lines between office and nature. To do this, Apple hired the German company Seele Group (the same company that equipped the famous glass exterior of Apple's Fifth Avenue location in New York). The company produced approximately 800 glass panels, 45 feet high, extremely durable and curved to fit the contours of the ring-shaped structure.


A campus full of hardwoods: Jobs felt that his best thought was made by walking, specifically passing through nature, so he wanted to offer his employees the same creative freedom. To do this, Apple bought about 9,000 trees (including plenty of apples, plums, apricots and other fruit trees) to plant on the entire 175-acre lot. The result is a corporate campus that, sometimes, could be confused with a state park.
Each canopy has a ventilation system that allows natural air to circulate inside and outside the building.

A building that breathes: Between each floor of the building is a canopy that evolves, mainly to protect employees from the intense sun of California. At the bottom of each canopy is a ventilation system that surrounds the air in and out of the building. Apparently, Jobs, who was not a fan of air conditioning, wanted his employees to feel a breeze as if they were sitting outside. Through a variety of sensors, the building can maintain a temperature of 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit, while using a natural outlet and outlet.