The 176-acre site in Cupertino, California contains a 4-storey circular spaceship-like structure with glass walls and a solar-powered roof, as well as a colossal outdoor park in the center of the loop. The solar-powered roof is nearly 70% complete, reports Roberts in the video below, and a “walkway is forming on the top of the main transit tunnel.”
Designed by the British architectural firm Foster + Partners, the building’s curved glass panel will provide employees an unobstructed view of the outdoor park located inside the structure.
The new campus will house a 1,000-seat auditorium, a massive restaurant, research facilities, a fitness center, and an underground parking garage, all surrounded by a man-made forest that will consist of 7,000 trees (the fruits of which will be served in the restaurant). Apple reports the Campus will be entirely energy-sufficient and only use the Cupertino electrical grid as a backup.
Once completed, an estimated 13,000 employees will work at Apple’s Campus 2. The current site of Apple’s headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop will continue to stay open after Campus 2’s completion. The cost for Apple’s new headquarters is estimated to hit $5 billion and all signs point to an expected move-in date of early 2017.