Apple has officially announced that its new $5 billion (£4 billion) campus will be open to employees from April.
The Silicon Valley tech giant said that it will take over six months to move more than 12,000 staff to the new campus, which is set on a 175-acre site.
The ring-shaped facility, which Apple is now calling “Apple Park,” is several months behind schedule. Construction on the main building and the surrounding parkland will continue over the summer, Apple said.
Apple said the Apple Park will also feature:
- a visitor’s center with an Apple Store and a cafe that’s open to the public
- a 100,000 sq ft fitness center
- secure research and development facilities
- two miles of walking and running tracks
- and an orchard, a meadow, and a pond.
Apple started work on the Apple Park in 2013. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO,told employees last year that Apple planned to move the first groups into the new “Spaceship” campus in January 2017.
Apple also revealed on Wednesday that the new 1,000-seat auditorium will be named the Steve Jobs Theatre, after the company’s cofounder, who would have turned 62 this Friday. The auditorium, which is “opening later this year”, sits on a hill overlooking the rest of the campus and comes with a metallic carbon fiber roof.
“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 Cook, in a statement. “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.”
Jonny Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, added in a statement: “Steve invested so much of his energy creating and supporting vital, creative environments. We have approached the design, engineering and making of our new campus with the same enthusiasm and design principles that characterize our products.
“Connecting extraordinarily advanced buildings with rolling parkland creates a wonderfully open environment for people to create, collaborate and work together. We have been extremely fortunate to be able to work closely, over many years, with the remarkable architectural practice Foster + Partners.”