Tuesday, 16 August 2011

About Apple's 'Spaceship' Campus

The building comprises approximately 2.8 million square feet for up to 13,000 employees.

It also houses:

- A 1,000 seat Corporate Auditorium

- A Corporate Fitness Center

- Research Facilities comprising approximately 300,000 square feet

- A Central Plant

- Associated Parking

"It's a pretty amazing building," Steve Jobs told the Cupertino City Council. "It's a little like a spaceship landed. It's got this gorgeous courtyard in the middle... It's a circle. It's curved all the way around."

The design focused on reducing the use of electricity by generating its own energy on an on-site Central Plant, provide open green spaces "for Apple employees' enjoyment" and to "exceed economic, social, and environmental sustainability goals through integrated design and development".

" If you build things, this is not the cheapest way to build something," Jobs explained.

"There is not a straight piece of glass in this building. It's all curved. We've used our experience making retail buildings all over the world now, and we know how to make the biggest pieces of glass in the world for architectural use. And, we want to make the glass specifically for this building here. We can make it curve all the way around the building... It's pretty cool."

The city said to press that they are very likely to approve the project. It is likely to open on 2015.

It Is Bigger Than the Empire State Building

The diameter of the Apple spaceship as 1615 ft, plus or minus a few ft., depending on where one places the ruler. That’s a radius of 807.5 ft.

The Pentagon is 921 ft (281 m) long. A circle circumscribed on the outside of a pentagon whose sides are 921 ft long has a radius of 783 ft. So a circle that would circumscribe the Pentagon has a diameter of 1,566 ft.

Here’s a rough overlay* showing the Apple HQ, the Pentagon, and top to bottom: a cruise ship, a U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier, what looks like a U.S. Navy Blimp, a WWII battleship, the Empire State Building and a supertanker.

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