Apple today announced that its ‘spaceship’ campus will be formally called as Apple Park. The 175-acre campus will be ready for employees beginning April 2017.
Apple notes that it will take over six months for the company to move more than 12,000 people to its new campus. The construction of builds and parklands is also not yet over and will continue over the summer.
To honor Steve Jobs, Apple will be naming the theatre at Apple Park as Steve Jobs Theater. It is situated at one of the highest points within Apple Park and overlooks meadows and the main building The 1,000-seat auditorium has a cylindrical design with a 165ft diameter and features 20-foot-tall glass cylinder.
“Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We’ve achieved the most energy-efficient building of its kind in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.”
Apple Park will also include a visitors centre and a cafe that will be open to public. Additionally, it will also house a 100,000 sq. foot fitness centre, R&D facilities, two miles of walking and running paths, orchard, and a pond.
To keep its environment footprint to a minimum, the Apple Park features 17 megawatts of rooftop solar panels. It is also the world’s largest naturally ventilated building that is not expected to require any kind of heating or air conditioning for at least nine months in a year.[Via Apple]