Apple's “Spaceship” prepares for lift-off by the end of 2016

Apple's “Spaceship” prepares for lift-off by the end of 2016
Some three miles away from its Cupertino campus, Apple is building a colossal spaceship-like structure that will soon become its new campus. The circular edifice has a circumference of over a mile, lined on all sides with 1.23 million sq ft of curved glass, suspended over 4300 giant “breathing” concrete slabs. Commonly known as the Spaceship – because of its futuristic design – the building will be powered by 75% of self-produced renewable energy, while the rest will be provided by energy company First Solar.

To say that Apple's Campus 2 is big would be an understatement. The 5 billion dollar structure will occupy an area of 176 acres and has a bigger diameter than that of the Pentagon. It will house 13,000 employees when construction is completed later this year.

Apple says that it's using “the world's largest pieces of curved structural glass”, with the heaviest pane weighing at 7,000 pounds. The panes have been transported all the way from Germany by boat. Beneath them, there's concrete – and a lot of it – 4,300 slabs to be exact, each of which averages at 13 by 40 feet. The slabs are hollow, in order to allow the building to "breathe", but this structural quirk does not take away from the concrete's strength in any way, says Apple.

Campus 2 will be almost entirely self-sufficient in terms of energy production, with its rooftop solar panels generating 16 megawatts of power. Another 4 megawatts will be supplied from biogas fuel cells, which will allow for the conversion of hydrogen and oxygen into energy. The Spaceship's greenness does not end with its energy use – Campus 2 will be surrounded by lush greenery, while its courtyard will feature a park with a pond and its own small forest.

The new building is expected to be completed by the end of this year, with employees moving in early 2017. Apple's Campus 2 will house 13,000 employees, among which CEO Tim Cook, and will feature a new 120,000 sq ft theater, where Apple will host its future product announcements.

source: Popular Science via Apple Insider



2. Jevon5

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 15, 2016

If only they put as much effort in their phones as they do with their buildings

8. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

When the big one hits California I do hope no one is in the that thing at the time. But it will be cool seeing that thing shatter. Like I said I hope no one is in it at the time.

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You forgot to switch accounts.

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

That's impressive, from an architectural standpoint. I'd love to tour that building.

11. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I drove around it last week, and while it's cool looking, I like the Google concept better. The current and future Apple campus is always on lock-down, while the current and future Google concept are open to the community. Funny how the walled garden even applies to them in real life, the exclusive vs inclusive mentality is very apparent.

13. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Being "inclusive" is just how Google does business, and to be frank, it's hard to monetize data when you turn people away. Apple doesn't need/want to be like Google, because in many business circles, Google's projects are nothing more than publicity gathering mechanisms to gain ad revenue. Besides, why would you WANT to go to Apple's campus? A tour? I'll take my walled garden to your open factory any day.

14. AndroidBoy21

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Thats A Donut Not A Spaceship.

15. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Nah, that's a mac pro with someone cooking broccoli in it.

18. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Actually seems like a colossal waste of real estate. It may have a diameter "larger than the Pentagon", but it's only one fifth the square footage. And for an employee to get to the other side of the building, he would have to walk half way around the circumference, unless of course there are shortcuts through the greenery in the middle. Cool looking for sure, but not so practical.

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.