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Apple Park All Set To Open In April

By February 23, 2017 at 7:33 am
New Apple headquarters ready for occupancy in April (Photo : Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Apple's spaceship is all set to lift off and inspire people.

Steve Job's ultimate vision, the Apple Park, is slated to open its doors to employees and the general public in April.

According to a statement released by Apple, the company will start moving employees into its new headquarters in April. However, it will take approximately six more months before the new campus is populated by all 12,000 employees from the original headquarters and other offices.

Apple's new headquarters had been dubbed "the spaceship" because of its massive glass-ensconced, ring-shaped main building. Jobs himself even used the expression when he proposed his final vision for his company to the Cupertino City Council in 2011.

The Apple Park, as it will be officially called, can certainly be likened to a spaceship due to its singular design and the technology it will carry and hopefully inspire.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Job "intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come." The circular, 2.8 million-square-foot main building certainly attests to that. It boasts of having the largest curved glass panels in the world.

The building is described as eco-friendly and has one of the biggest on-site solar energy installations. The headquarters will also have 59 skylights distributed along the roof to allow natural light to come in while massive glass doors open to let fresh air in. This will allow the building to rely on natural ventilation for most of the year. It will also have an on-site recycling center.

It's not just the main building Apple has focused on. The campus will also have jogging and cycling trails. More than 1,000 bikes will reportedly be kept on the site that the staff can use to navigate the massive complex. The area will also be covered with more than 9,000 trees.

There's a reason why Apple Park is designed the way it is. According to Apple's chief design officer, Jony Ive, Jobs "invested so much of his energy creating and supporting vital, creative environments" and the new campus will reflect that. 

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