Unique architectural constructions around the world (P.93) - Apple Park (USA): The “science fiction” headquarters of Apple Inc.


(WorldKings.org) The largest Apple Product ever made is not something you'll be able to take home to enjoy, but is truly something to behold. Apple Park is the company's second campus built in Cupertino, California, and one of the final products pitched by the late CEO, Steve Jobs. The massive ring-shaped building is now an iconic symbol of Apple's dedication to design, green energy, and the future of technology.

Apple calls Cupertino, California home, and its main headquarters had been located at 1 Infinite Loop since 1993. In 2017, the company finished construction and officially moved its employees into the massive "spaceship" campus, called The Ring, located at One Apple Park Way.

The new campus is surrounded by grass and trees, has an orchard in the center of the ring, and contains energy and design innovations throughout.

Jony Ive was the Chief Design Officer at Apple, and he has since left the company to start his own design firm. While Apple Park was under construction, Ive stepped away from leading the product design team to take a more personal interest in the construction and design of the new campus. The idea that the building could change as Apple changes was the driving factor behind much of the design.

Shaped like a large flying saucer of sorts, Apple calls the main campus building The Ring. This massive building features 800 45-foot-tall rounded glass panels that connect all the way around the four-story structure. Some of these panels function as large sliding doors, allowing for the interior to be exposed to the outdoors during nice weather.

The Ring uses base isolation to protect against earthquakes. The isolation system consists of 692 large steel saucers located two stories underground. This system is a modified version of Japan's and will protect the campus from all but the most severe earthquakes.

The Ring's interior hosts large rooms with glass walls and entryways, including wide-open spaces that can be collapsed into smaller sections as needed. The Ring is divided into eight identical segments and surrounded by a hallway roughly three-quarters of a mile around.

The Ring uses natural ventilation to aid in making it the greenest office building in the world, requiring no heating or cooling for nine months out of the year. To further its green initiatives, Apple partnered with First Solar to provide 130MW of clean energy to the campus and surrounding buildings.

The Steve Jobs Theater is a 165-foot diameter circular glass building with no visible supports. The carbon-fiber roof is the largest in the world, weighing 80-tons. Underneath the glass structure, underground, is an auditorium seating 1,000 people. The theater won the 'Structural Artistry' award in 2018.

According to appleinsider.com

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