Date
19 October 2017
Apple’s new futuristic campus is seen under construction in Cupertino, California in this aerial photo taken in January. Credit: Reuters
Apple’s new futuristic campus is seen under construction in Cupertino, California in this aerial photo taken in January. Credit: Reuters

Apple to open its new ‘spaceship’ campus in April

Apple Inc. said on Wednesday that it will open its new multi-billion dollar futuristic campus in April and spend six months moving employees into the 175-acre facility.

The new Cupertino campus, which has been dubbed as “spaceship” by observers due to the ring-shaped glass-enclosed design of the main building, will be officially called Apple Park.

The facility will bring together some 12,000 employees currently spread across a multitude of buildings at Apple’s nearby 1 Infinite Loop campus, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Apple hasn’t disclosed the cost of the new campus but reports have put it in the range of US$3-5 billion.

The centerpiece of the project is a 2.8-million-square-foot building shaped like a ring and encased entirely in curved glass. 

Apple named a 1,000-seat auditorium at the center of the campus the Steve Jobs Theater in memory of its late co-founder.

It will be used to host Apple-related events in the future. 

The campus is located on land once used for Hewlett-Packard’s Cupertino campus.

Apple acquired the land in 2010 when Jobs felt the company had outgrown its current facilities and needed a new campus where staff could work together.

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