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Inside The $5 Billion Apple Headquarters | Apple Park- Every detail you need to know

What looks like a giant spaceship Parked in the lush flats of Cupertino California is actually tech giant Apple's new Headquarters, fittingly named the Apple Park, this stunning architecture sprawls across acres of land and might just be one of the most stunning campuses in the world. Despite its incredibly futuristic looks the Apple Park has been a long time in the making with Steve Jobs first announcing the project way back in 2006.It took eight long years of planning, proposals and permit applications but by 2014 construction was well underway and by 2017, the vast Apple workforce was already starting to move in.

The massive ring-shaped building is now an iconic symbol of the Apple brand and is a fantastic testament to the company's dedication to effortless design sustainability and the future of technology. It was originally estimated that the campus would cost just half a billion dollars to put together however the land alone cost 160 million dollars and the cost quickly started to overrun. By 2011, the budget in place had multiplied to a little under 3 billion and when it was all said and done Apple were looking at a bill closer to 5 Billion!

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A 5 billion build is a big sum of money for any company to justify. Any company except Apple that is who's currently worth two trillion dollars and is estimated to profit around 60 billion dollars by the end of this year alone.

So where was all that money spent and what makes the Apple Park so incredible?

For starters the campus is made up of multiple buildings however 80 percent of the land is still considered to be green space. Apple and the designers put a lot of effort into making the Park fit seamlessly into nature planting over 9000 drought resistant trees throughout the grounds including Cherry, Apricot, Olive and of course a few varieties of Apple to encourage workers to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The grounds feature 3.2 kilometers worth of various walking and running trails as well as 1000 bikes that can be used to commute between the buildings. Other lifestyle facilities include a gym, wellness center and a couple of basketball courts. There's also a huge two-story Yoga studio where the desk jockeys can wind down and ease out their back pain. The campus really does look after its staff and the environment too. All of the buildings are incredibly eco-friendly with the main ring construction being home to one of the world's largest rooftop solar farms. The solar covered roof generates up to 17 megawatts of power which is enough to meet 75 percent of the campuses energy demand during peak times. The rest of the campus's needs are met by on-site fuel cells powered by Biofuel or Natural Gas.

The main building also utilizes a natural ventilation system meaning that it doesn't use traditional heating and cooling methods for nine months of the year furthering the space's green credentials nicknamed the spaceship or the ring. The central circular building is quite a sight to behold; sitting four stories high it has over 1.2 million square feet of office space and enough room to accommodate up to 12000 members of staff.

To bring the outside world in the design has incorporated a lot of glass into the build and the construction even features the largest curved glass panes in the world there are 800 of the 45 foot tall curved glass panels around the building's exterior and around 3000 smaller panels to be found within the low energy LEDs, natural sunlight and sheer amount of see-through material make the spaceship a stunningly bright place to be which Iam sure is great at keeping the some 12000 staff members feeling energized throughout their long working days.

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Despite being hidden from sight one of the most amazing spaceship features happens to be found deep underground the main Ring is one of the few buildings in the US and the world to make use of base isolation which protects the ring from even the worst of Californian earthquakes. The isolation system is made up of 692 huge stainless steel plates which allow the building to shift up to four feet in any given direction without causing any structural damage. Also to be found underground is an expansive Parking area and road network that's completely hidden from site.

Putting these amenities underground was an absolute necessity in order to maximize the green space in and around the Apple Park. Other features to be found around the campus include seven cafes with the largest being sprawled across three levels with enough seating for three thousand people. The huge catering team says it has enough capacity to feed around fifteen thousand people every lunchtime, so there's definitely some growing room if Apple decides to expand its already huge workforce. Also within the Parks grounds is the inspiring Apple auditorium formerly known as the Steve Jobs theatre, the spectacular circular glass building mirrors the spaceship in its form and is topped with the world's largest carbon fiber roof. The theater includes a 42 foot high glass elevator that takes guests underground to the 1000 seat auditorium. Made from chemically tempered glass the elevator is also considered to be the tallest freestanding glass elevator in the world.

Other buildings dotted around the Park include a one hundred thousand square foot fitness center, 2 three hundred thousand square foot research and development facilities, a care clinic and the visitor’s center which happens to be the only building in the entire Park that guests can visit without a pass.

The Apple Park visitor center is all under one roof but is divided into four very special sections. A ten thousand square foot Apple store filled with the latest Apple products, a two thousand square foot café, an observation deck where you can look over the campus and a designated AR experience area.

The AR area includes a scale model of the entire Apple Park offering visitors an employer's look at life on campus. The Apple Park is so full of amazing features and amenities more so than almost any other work environment in the world. Apple has thought of everything from their environmental footprint to keeping their workforce full up with food, leisure and creativity. There have been a few complaints about the open plan office spaces with some workers saying that they are distracting counterproductive and removes opportunity for privacy but still the futuristic facility has been incredibly well received and has set a new world standard in how amazing a work environment can truly be.

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