Despite Apple’s plans to keep the inside of its “spaceship” Campus secret, it seems that internal files containing employee videos and images of the building have been leaked. The video and photos show how the first half of the huge 4.8 million-square-foot construction is progressing, as well as the new 1,000 seat boardroom, Steve Jobs Theater and hundreds of trees already planted.
It’s a wonder
Apple Park is a wonder. It’s a marvel of design and engineering, with more than 2,000 species of trees on the site. It looks like nothing else on earth.
It’s also an incredibly large piece of real estate. The campus is about the size of Central Park, and it’s not just one building but several interconnected structures that look like a utopian city in the sky.
The buildings are gigantic – they’re each three stories tall and made up of glass panels that curve inward at the top (they look like upside-down pyramids). The main building is called “The Spaceship” because that’s exactly what it looks like: A massive silver-and-white oval shape with a glass roof that resembles a window into space. You can see all the way through it from one end to the other — even when it rains, you can see straight through to the other side because there are no walls inside.
Apple Park is designed so that employees don’t need to use email or phone calls to communicate with each other; instead, they can just walk over to someone’s desk and talk face-to-face whenever they need to get something done together — which makes.
It’s a lot more open than you think
The circular design of Apple Park means there are no straight lines at all. Even the walkways curve gently around the building. You can see right through the whole structure, with no walls or dividers blocking your view.
It feels like walking through an art gallery — except that it’s not just one piece of art on display; it’s every piece of art in the place. Every wall is covered with giant photos of nature scenes, with no visible seams between them — except where they blend into each other seamlessly and look like one gigantic image. The effect is so mesmerizing that it makes me want to take a seat on one of those benches and just stare at nothing else for an hour or two.
There are lots of places to sit down and rest your feet (and if you don’t like sitting down, there are also lots of places to stand up). And since there are no walls or dividers in sight
It’s all about the glass
Glass walls are everywhere at Apple Park! The main building has huge glass walls on all sides, and even its roof is made entirely out of glass panels. It’s incredible to behold from inside or outside of the building when the sun hits it just right.
The Steve Jobs Theater has four massive glass panels behind its stage that allow you to see what’s happening backstage — even when there aren’t any performers onstage!
The fitness center has floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a beautiful garden area below (which reminds me of an indoor park). And even though these windows aren’t transparent like those in other buildings, they look great
It has some pretty amazing food and drink options
There’s no doubt about it: Apple has done an amazing job designing its new campus. The buildings are beautiful, but even more impressive is the food available in the cafeteria and on the roof of the building.
The cafeteria has 20 different stations, including sushi, burgers and pizza — all made from scratch by chefs who have worked at Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. It’s like being in a fancy restaurant without having to put on pants or pay for anything! The food was delicious too; I tried everything from salmon sashimi to beef tenderloin (which I would definitely recommend). And if you feel like having a drink after dinner, there’s also an entire bar area with wine, beer and cocktails available for purchase by the glass or bottle.
There are free Apple products everywhere you go
You can take anything from the Genius Bar and get help from one of the store’s employees. The cafeteria has free food, including fruit and snacks, at all times of day — but it’s not just for employees.
You can get your hair cut at the Apple Barber Shop for $25. There are classes on how to use your Apple devices and software, like iTunes or iMovie. You can also make reservations for a hands-on experience with everything from FaceTime to Final Cut Pro X editing software.
There’s an outdoor area where you can sit down with friends and relax while enjoying some sunshine and fresh air.
Despite some bigger hiccups here and there, I left last week’s event more excited than ever to be a part of this company. To interact with the incredibly talented people who work here—not just engineers, but store workers and executives as well—is an incredible experience, and something that I look forward to every day. Seeing the work environment that they have created, as it has only existed during this event, is really something special. Having grown up using Apple products my entire life, being able to spend time at Apple Park feels like being at home in a way that I haven’t anywhere else. Ultimately, whether you love or hate Apple products or the brand itself, visiting these stores or walking through campus is truly a unique experience. There are few companies today where I feel so welcomed and at home. It’s a strange thing for me to say about a company where I’m not even an employee, but there it is…
This is a fascinating building.
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