The progress of Apple’s new 70ha campus in California has been revealed to the world by a YouTube user who strapped a camera to a drone.
The vast construction site at Cupertino is screened off by high hoardings. But the eight-minute video, which shows the drone taking off outside the site and rising above the hoardings, provides an aerial view of how the campus is taking shape.
The ‘spaceship’ layout was designed by Foster & Partners. Arup is also working on the scheme.
Construction work began last last year. The new Apple campus will house up to 13,000 employees in one central four-storied circular building of approximately 260,000m².
It will be surrounded by extensive landscaping, with over 80% of the site being green space.
Facilities include a 1,000-seat auditorium, 28,000m² of R&D facilities, a fitness centre, a dedicated generating plant, and parking underground and in a parking structure. Every pane of glass in the main building will be curved.
Work on the campus concept was started by co-founder Steve Jobs in 2011, who promised it would be “the best office building in the world”.
The $5bn (£3bn) facility will extend Apple’s presence in Cupertino, also location for its headquarters at 1, Infinite Loop.