Apple is planning to build a “spaceship” headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., and that building has several features you would love to hear about.
1. It’s massive and will be home to over 14,000 employees and 7,000 trees
Apple’s Spaceship will span 2.8 million square feet, making it one of the largest structures in the world. It’ll have everything from a fitness center to a cafeteria to office space. Apple has also committed to making the new campus environmentally friendly by planting 7,000 trees. The new building will also be able to accommodate more than 14,000 employees without any trouble.
2. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was behind it
It’s no surprise that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away last year, was behind it. The models currently on display show a building that is a true architectural feat. And if it comes out looking the way it does in those models, it’ll be awfully good-looking.
3. An underground auditorium for product announcements will be built
Apple says that it plans to have an underground auditorium on the campus that will be able to seat 1,000 people. The auditorium will be home to the company’s product announcements and other important, internal events.
4. It’ll be self-sufficient on power
The Spaceship will be completely energy-self-sufficient. The campus will be capable of connecting to the national grid in the event of an emergency failure, but when such a failure isn’t happening, it’ll be completely off the grid and running on its own power.
5. Part of the land was previously owned by HP
A large chunk of the 176-acre site will be from Hewlett-Packard. It’s believed that the land cost Apple as much as $300 million. Good thing Apple sells so many iPhones.
6. There won’t be a single piece of straight glass in the place
Apple’s Spaceship will be a massive, glass building. However, Steve Jobs had said none of the glass would be straight. In fact, he said before the Cupertino city council last year that every piece of glass in the building would be curved.
7. It will open in 2016
So, when will this building finally open? Apple had initially planned to get its workers into the building in 2015, but now it appears it’ll be pushed back to 2016, due to some delays with Cupertino’s approval process. When it opens, expect a major event—and at least one homage to Steve Jobs.