Apple’s new HQ is capable of generating 17 megawatts of solar electricity

Sure the building looks like a spaceship. But behind this spectacle, is a master plan that Apple execs believe will enhance productivity.


One more thing!

Apple has opened the most expensive office building in the world. The building is located in Cupertino, California–and known as the “spaceship campus” or Apple Park.

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The building cost US $5 billion and will house 12,000 employees as Apple’s new headquarters.

The building is powered 100 percent by renewable energy.

Rooftop solar panels capable of generating 17 megawatts of electricity line the top of the structure.

Apple says it’s the world’s largest naturally ventilated building. It will require no heating or air conditioning for 9 months of the year.

The site also has 9,000 trees, a meadow, and a pond.

The building was designed with the help of Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs, back in 2011.

The online magazine, Wired, notes how Tim Cook, who succeeded Jobs as CEO in 2011, recalls the last time he discussed the campus with his boss and friend in the fall of 2011.

“It was actually the last time I spoke to him, the Friday before he passed away,” Cook said.

“We were watching a movie, Remember the Titans. I loved it, but I was so surprised he liked that movie. I remember talking to him about the site then. It was something that gave him energy. I was joking with him that we were all worried about some things being difficult, but we were missing the most important one, the biggest challenge of all.”

The main auditorium, the “Steve Jobs Theater”, seats 1,000 people.

Apple says the building will be completed in the summer of 2017 and is designed to inspire creativity.

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