Apple’s $5 Billion ‘Spaceship’ in Cupertino, California Isn’t Attached To The Ground.


Apple Spaceship, California
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This is the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California. It is also known as the ‘Apple Spaceship’. It is a 4-story building that can house more than 12000 employees. At the center of the building is a huge courtyard with greenery; fruity trees, drought-resistant trees and plants indigenous to the Cupertino area, and an artificial pond. 80% of the premises consist of green space and that is a unique feature of this building.

Special Apple Spaceship Technology

Apple Park is special for The United States due to its building structure and technology.  The building isn’t attached to the ground, it rests on 692 stainless steel squares to help survive an earthquake. This special technology is called ‘Base-Isolation Technology’. There are only around 175 buildings for the whole country, the United States which uses this technology. Base-Isolation Technolgy helps to reduce the shaking during Earthquakes by 80%. In case of an earthquake, Apple Park can stand on and continue work after five minutes of an earthquake when other buildings will not be able to work for weeks or months.

Special Apple Spaceship Building Technology
This sliding mechanism controls building motion

Apple Park Uses Renewable Energy

Apple headquarters is one of the most power-efficient buildings in the world. Apple needs the energy to power its worldwide data centers, retail stores, and other facilities. To reduce the environmental impact they use renewable energy to power its facilities. While other Apple facilities around the world do use renewable energy of some percentage Apple Park (Apple Headquarters ) uses 100% renewable energy. The solar panels fitted on the roofs can generate 17 megawatts of power to source the data centers. It is sufficient to power 75% during peak times.

Apple Park Uses Renewable Energy
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Amazing Facilities at Apple Headquarters

The Apple Spaceship has facilities like non-other;7 cafeterias, a theater-style auditorium, a fitness center, and also Research and Development facilities.


The Apple headquarters has 7 cafes, one being the largest café lying across 3 different levels which can accommodate 3000 people.

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launches. It as a large cylinder-shaped lobby with stairs down to the auditorium. This theater has separate car parking of 350 spaces. An interesting fact is that the theatre has no support columns, it has only cylindrical-shaped glass walls; this gives an unhindered 360-degree view of the surrounding campus. It consists of a 13m high glass elevator that rotates 171 degrees from the bottom to the upper body level.

Panorama of the Auditorium in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino, California. Taken before the beginning of Apple's first shareholder meeting held in the theater.
Panorama of the Auditorium in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino, California. Taken before the beginning of Apple’s first shareholder meeting held in the theater. Source: Wikipedia

Fitness Center

9300 square meters fitness center is located in the northwest of the campus. Not just gym equipment, but also this center consists of changing rooms, showers, laundry services, and rooms for group sessions.

Research and Development Facilities

To the south of Apple Park, there are two large buildings of 28000 square meters for just R&D facilities. Industrial design and human interface teams are housing on the top floor of each of these two buildings.

Apple park visitor center

Apple headquarters’ only place permitted for tourists!

Apple park’s visitor center is a 2 storied building with 4 main areas: An Apple store with Apple products to be sold like t-shirts, bottles, hats, tote bags, and postcards, etc. which aren’t available in any regular stores outside, a café, an exhibition center with a 3D model of the Apple Park, and a rooftop overlooking the campus.

The cost for this visitor center including the underground car parking with approximately 700 spaces was 80 million Dollars.

  • Apple Park Visitor Center
  • Apple Park Visitor Center
  • Apple Park Visitor Center
  • Apple Park Visitor Center
  • Apple Park Visitor Center

It’s got a gorgeous courtyard in the middle, and a lot more. It’s a circle, so it’s curved all the way around. This is not the cheapest way to build something. Every pane of glass in the main building will be curved. We have a shot at building the best office building in the world. I really do think that architecture students will come here to see it-Steve Jobs-

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