Apple Campus 2

Apple Campus 2 is Apple's second campus in Cupertino, California. It is often referred to as the "spaceship" campus due to its unique ring-shaped design. Encompassing 2.8 million square feet and spanning 176 acres, construction on the campus started in 2013 with a completion date set for late 2016.

The entire front of the main building features iconic curved glass windows, letting employees look out at the rest of the campus, which will be covered in greenery and an orchard. Along with the primary building that will house 13,000 employees, there's an underground auditorium for hosting events, a fitness center, a cafe, and a visitor's center. Underground parking is available, and there are also two research and development facilities located nearby.

Apple Campus 2 was designed by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in partnership with Norman Foster.

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Apple Campus 2 Gets First 2017 Construction Update via Drone

Reliable aerial coverage of Apple Campus 2 from Matthew Roberts has continued today, with the first drone footage of the campus in 2017 posted on Roberts' YouTube channel. As construction continues into the new year -- originally expected to be completed by the end of 2016 -- the new footage shows a nearly-complete main building, as well as free-standing structures such as the nearby parking garage and its rooftop solar panels. Still under construction is the underground auditorium where Apple will host various product reveal events, and workers continue to stream in and out of the "Spaceship" building's main atrium, which began glass installation in November. A noticeable change comes in the form of landscaping within the circular main building, with dirt piles forming around the central water feature of the courtyard. There are also many more trees and other greenery either lined up to be planted, or already in the ground. This area is expected to be one of many where workers can relax outside to eat or exercise. In December, Roberts created a video that looked back at the construction progress made on Apple Campus 2 from July to the end of 2016. Construction on the campus officially began back in 2013 and once complete will encompass 2.8 million square feet of space to house 13,000 employees. Previous Coverage: Here's a Detailed Aerial Photograph of Apple Campus 2

Here's a Detailed Aerial Photograph of Apple Campus 2

Apple's spaceship-shaped campus in Cupertino, California is nearing completion, and most of the ring-shaped main structure and auxiliary buildings have been finished. We've seen monthly drone updates of the location during the construction period, letting us keep an eye on Apple's progress, and now SkyIMD has created a neat high-resolution aerial mosaic that gives an incredibly detailed overall view of the nearly-finished campus. Click here to see a larger high-resolution image on the SkyIMD website The image depicts the main spaceship building that is the highlight of the campus, with its massive curved glass windows and huge built-in glass doors that open up into a cafeteria area. The aerial photo, composed of ten 100-megapixel images captured with a PhaseOne iXA-RS1000, was made on December 22. Duncan Sinfield, who has shared Apple Campus 2 drone videos with MacRumors for several months, has also uploaded an updated video captured on Christmas morning that shows the progress Apple has made on landscaping in recent weeks. Apple plans to have the campus finished by the beginning of 2017, with employees moving in during the first quarter, but landscaping work will not be finished until the middle of the

Apple Campus 2 Construction Progress Highlighted in New Holiday Update

As 2016 winds down, Matthew Roberts has uploaded one last update on Apple Campus 2 for the year, providing fans with the usual coverage on progress made to the central spaceship building and the land surrounding it. The video, representing the work on Apple Campus 2 for December 2016, was taken yesterday on Christmas. Solar panel installation is believed to be 65 percent complete now, up from 60 percent in November and 50 percent in October. Elsewhere on the main building, the atrium of Apple Campus 2 has seen "major progress" in the last month. A month ago, the atrium was just receiving its glass installation. Walkways are also sprouting up around the campus, making it possible for employees to get to and from the various sites Apple is building. Among the walkways, the landscaping on the campus has seen its usual iterative progress, and now "many different types of trees" are noted to have been planted in December. A few other buildings nearby have made notable progress as well, including the reception area for the underground auditorium, and some work being done on the local R&D center is said to be mostly centered inside of the building. Recent rains have left most of the campus in mud, and it's clear that construction will continue well into 2017. Previous Coverage: New Time-Lapse Video Shows Past 6 Months of Work on Apple Campus 2 in Just 4 Minutes

New Time-Lapse Video Shows Past 6 Months of Work on Apple Campus 2 in Just 4 Minutes

A new video posted today by Matthew Roberts, who has provided monthly updates on Apple Campus 2 throughout 2016, looks back at the past six months of construction progress that's been made on the site. Starting in July and going all the way up to the most recent update earlier in December, the video provides a neat context for just how much work has been put into Apple Campus 2 over the past few months. Some of the biggest visual changes made since July include the landscaping and greenery of the campus, which was all but absent as construction was focused on finishing the central "Spaceship" building and the surrounding research facilities at that time. Landscaping began appearing around the campus in August, as the large dirt pile used for various outdoor projects on the site started dwindling down. Otherwise, progress on Apple Campus 2 has been steady, as the finishing touches began appearing on the main building and the lights came on in September, and the Spaceship's atrium received its glass installation in November. Construction was originally predicted to be completed by the end of 2016, but it's unclear whether or not that's still a feasible end date, and is more likely to stretch into the new year. Employees will begin moving in towards the beginning of 2017 following the completion of construction on the main buildings, but landscaping progress will continue to be made throughout next

New Photos Offer an Inside Look at Apple Campus 2

Apple shared some updated photos and information on its spaceship-shaped second campus with employees, which French site MacGeneration managed to get a hold of. The photos give a detailed view of the exterior building, and give us one of our first glimpses at its interior. Apple Campus 2 has been in development for more than two years, and is nearing its completion date. We've seen a series of monthly drone videos cataloguing progress at the site, and as of December, much of the main ring-shaped building is finished, with Apple now working on landscaping. Just recently, Apple installed the glass panels for the atrium of the main building, which will be used as a cafeteria for employees. Along with the cafeteria, there will be vast outdoor eating spaces covered with greenery native to California. The floor-to-ceiling doors of the atrium are each made from 10 glass pieces and are similar to the giant glass doors that were introduced in Apple's San Francisco Apple Store. The doors open an entire side of the building to let in light and air for an outdoor feel. To install the doors, Apple has used cranes outfitted with suction cups to hold the glass in place while it's secured into the building. The ceiling of the ring-shaped building is equipped with a series of skylights that will let in natural light, while cutouts in marble walls will house speakers in some areas. Close attention has been paid to the smallest of details, and Apple says in just one access tunnel, it's taken 60 workers five months to lay small tiles on the curved walls. Ledges extending

Apple Campus 2 Construction Finishing Up as Glass Installed in Atrium and Landscaping Expands

With just over a month left in 2016, the latest drone video showing the progress on Apple Campus 2 has been shared online, letting fans check out the ongoing creation of Apple's newest campus. Construction on the site continues with progress being made on the glass panels for the atrium of the main building, as well as in the campus' solar panels and landscaping. Solar panel installation is said to be 60 percent complete in Matthew Roberts' newest drone video (last month it was at 50 percent), and headway has been made on the entry-way atrium of the main spaceship building. This section of the campus has now had glass installed, covering from the floor to the ceiling of the building, and the design of the area is beginning to take shape. As is the case with these updates, landscaping is also seeing a rapid update. The large dirt mound used to prepare areas of the site for new trees and various fauna is now "nearly gone," with greenery sprouting up all over the campus, including large trees in front of the fitness center. The inside of the spaceship building is still full of construction equipment and work being done on the water feature and landscaping in the central courtyard. Once construction is completed -- predicted to be by the end of the year, but likely extending into 2017 -- employees will begin to move into the building in early 2017. The grounds and landscape of the campus will see continued work throughout next year, following the completion of the main structures needed for the

Apple Campus 2 Nearing End of Construction as 'Major Landscape Changes' Take Place

In the newest collection of drone videos capturing the ongoing construction of Apple's upcoming spaceship campus in Cupertino, California, noticeable progress has been made in the month since the last update, mainly in the surge of landscaping additions to the grounds. Apple has been working on the construction at its second campus for over two years, and was just completing the nearby parking structures and making headway into the main building one year ago. Today, the end of the project is finally in sight, as important structural parts of the constructrion finish up and more focus is placed on additive elements, including solar panels. In Matthew Roberts' drone video, solar panel installation is estimated to be 50 percent complete, and "major landscape changes" have been seen on the site, with large trees sprouting up everywhere around the campus. On the inside of the ring-shaped building, the garden, pond, and outdoor dining areas are being prepped for their final stages of construction. In the last few updates, the large water feature at the center of Apple Campus 2 received a lot of focus from workers, gaining an outline, large boulders, and its foundation over the last few months. This central area is also expected to include a few jogging and cycling trails, which are just a few amenities for employees coming to the campus, also including basketball and tennis courts. In a second video, shared by Duncan Sinfield, it's mentioned that the Cupertino City Council have approved of the partial demolition of the nextdoor apartment complex, called The Hamptons.

Apple Campus 2 Work Continues as Lights Begin Turning On

Less than a month after the last update on the ongoing construction of Apple's new spaceship campus in Cupertino, California, a few new drone videos have been shared online showcasing the progress of the project. The biggest changes over the past few weeks center around the appearance of lights on the outside of the ring-shaped building, along with fewer construction cranes, suggesting the near-completion of the campus as work shifts from architectural to electrical and the surrounding landscape features. In the center of the campus, the large water feature has begun receiving its foundation, but otherwise no additional progress has been made on the surrounding garden area. In the last update, the outline of the pond and large new boulders and greenery were some of the most noticeable changes. The video shows off the progress of the underground auditorium, which Apple plans to use for future product and service reveals, as well as the beginnings of one of seven campus cafe locations appearing on the outside edge of the spaceship building. A brief glimpse of the underground tunnels connecting various parts of the campus can also be seen towards the end of the video. In a second drone video of the construction ongoing at Apple Campus 2, solar panel installation on the roof of the main building is estimated to be at 40 percent complete. It also provides closer shots of the underground auditorium, and the collection of peripheral buildings lined up on Tantau Avenue near the campus. Apple plans to include a few amenities for its employees located on the campus,

Apple Campus 2 Drone Video Shows Nearly Complete Main Building and Landscape Updates

One month after the latest video update on Apple's second campus, today a new drone video was posted online with a couple minutes worth of footage showing new headway made on the project. In the video (which was shot using a DJI Inspire 1 Pro drone), solar panels on the roof of the campus are nearing completion as the main building continues to take the shape of Steve Jobs' vision. The outside of the building has seen a lot of development, with the glass facade nearly finished both on the inside and outside of the circular structure. Construction is also continuing apace on the nearby auxiliary buildings, including one for R&D, two finished garages that will hold 8,000 cars, and the campus' underground auditorium. As the project nears the end of construction, landscaping is getting a heavier focus as well. Most notably, a large pond with a surrounding garden at the center of the campus has begun taking shape, with more detailed outlines and giant boulders put in place within the future pond area. Spread across the entire campus, including the new garden, Apple plans to have more than 7,000 trees on the site consisting of 300 different species, including fruit trees. Employee amenities will include various exercise-focused zones like joggling and cycling trails, and courts for basketball and tennis. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, with employees moving in towards the beginning of 2017.

New Drone Video Shows Landscaping Progress at Apple Campus 2

With four months to go until the scheduled completion of Apple's second campus, work is progressing at a steady pace. Based on a new drone video posted this week, the main ring-shaped building at the center of the campus is nearly complete, as are many of the auxillary buildings. Now that construction is getting to the end stages, workers at the campus have started the landscaping process. The giant pile of dirt that's been visible since the early stages of the campus is now dwindling down as its used for various landscaping projects. Apple plans to add more than 7,000 trees to the campus, spread across 300 species, including many fruit trees. Steve Jobs envisioned replicating some of the California landscape that was around when he was a child, which includes sprawling orchards. Along with 80 percent green space, the campus will feature employee amenities like easily traversable jogging and cycling trails and basketball and tennis courts. Apple plans to have the campus completed by the end of 2016 and employees are set to begin moving in at the beginning of

Apple Campus 2 Drone Video Shows Progress on Ring-Shaped Main Building, Research Facilities

Apple plans to finish construction on its second campus at the end of 2016, giving the company five more months to wrap up work at the location. As the deadline approaches, construction is continuing at a rapid pace, as seen in a new July update video shared by drone pilot Duncan Sinfield. Sinfield's July video features a complete overview of the different buildings that are going up on the campus, along with details on the progress that's been made over the course of the last month. Solar panels and HVAC units are continuing to be added to the roof of the main ring-shaped building, and the solar panels on the roof of the parking garage are almost all in place. Heavy machinery that will allow Apple to start the landscaping process has been transported to the campus, so we may soon see progress on the giant dirt pile. The dirt will support more than 7,000 trees and other greenery, including many citrus trees. A second Apple Campus 2 drone video from Matthew Roberts shows a nearly-completed R&D facility, located on Tantau avenue, and gives a close look at the 100,000 square foot fitness center that will be available to employees. Earlier this year, Apple began taking down the green privacy fence surrounding the entire campus, replacing it with a shorter chain-link fence. Construction crews often leave the gates at the campus open, allowing passersby to get a close-up look at the ongoing construction. Apple plans to complete work on Apple Campus 2 at the end of 2016, with employees set to start occupying the facility at the beginning of

Apple Campus 2 Drone Video Shows Progress on Main Building With New Solar Panels, Windows

Apple is expected to wrap up construction on its second campus at the end of 2016, so there are six months of work to go. As the deadline approaches, work is continuing on, as seen in a new campus construction update shared by drone pilot Duncan Sinfield. Over the course of the last month, Apple has continued adding more massive curved glass windows to the main ring-shaped building. Because the windows are so large, it's taking Apple several months to get them all in place. Additional window shades and solar panels are also going up, and it looks like it'll be a few months more before work on the main building wraps up. Both the auditorium and the two massive parking garages are nearing completion, and solar panel installation is largely finished on the roof of the parking structures. The fitness center is still being worked on, and the Tantau research buildings are looking more polished. Parking tunnels also look to be nearly done, and the two major dirt piles on site, which will be used for landscaping, are currently untouched. Drone pilot Matthew Roberts has also shared a June campus update video, offering a closer look at the progress made on the roof of the main ring-shaped building and a wider view of the parking structures and auditorium. There's also a close look at some new buildings being constructed on Tantau Avenue, which will be used for research and development purposes. Last month, Apple began taking down the green privacy fence surrounding the entire campus, replacing it with a shorter chain-link fence. The gates are often left open as

Apple Campus 2 Drone Video Shows Major Progress on Fitness Center, More Solar Panels

With much of the ring-shaped main building completed at Apple's second campus and auxiliary buildings taking shape, construction progress from month-to-month is ramping up. Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield has captured new aerial video of Apple Campus 2, allowing us to get a look at changes that have been made to the campus since April. Significant work has been done on the 100,000 square foot fitness center, where Apple employees will be able to work out and stay healthy. A stone facade is now in place and the building looks to be nearing completion. There are new cranes in the area, which are being used to finish up some of the main structure. Additional solar panels have been lifted into place on the roof of the building, more windows have gone up, and more window canopies have been installed. Parking structures are also set to be completed in the next few months, and some work has been done on the Tantau research buildings. According to Sinfield, the sizable green fence surrounding the entire campus is being taken down and replaced with a shorter fabric-covered chain-link fence. A thick white foam is being laid on the top of ground structures like the tunnels and the auditorium, presumably kicking off the landscaping process. Trees and other greenery may be put into place soon, with Apple planning to cover the campus with 80 percent green space. Apple plans to finish construction on Apple Campus 2 at the end of 2016, with employees set to begin occupying the buildings at the beginning of

Apple Campus 2 Renderings Depict Reception Buildings, Food Stations and Maintenance Shed

Renderings of some of the more minor buildings planned for Apple Campus 2 have been shared by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, giving us a look at the planned design for two visitor reception locations, a set of outdoor eating areas or food stations, and a maintenance shed. Apple provided the renderings to the City of Cupertino ahead of a planned administrative hearing set to take place tonight, with Apple seeking architectural review for the buildings. Two reception buildings, one located on Wolfe Road and one located near Tantau Avenue, feature glass walls and are designed to welcome visitors to the campus. The reception buildings look similar to a planned visitor's center, which will include a cafe and a store. A large, modern-looking "utilitarian" maintenance shed that spans 5,776 square feet will house the equipment needed to maintain the exterior of the campus, which will feature 80 percent green space with drought-resistant plants appropriate for California weather and more than 7,000 trees. The outdoor eating areas feature a simple design with an indoor kitchen and outward-facing pickup windows, which Apple employees will use to order food that can then be eaten in the outdoor restaurant. The two outdoor eating facilities will be accompanied by a main restaurant inside the ring-shaped building. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the Cupertino city council has asked for two minor architectural changes: the relocation of a site fence for a better view of the main building from the Tantau Avenue reception building and a

Apple Campus 2 to Feature Custom Designed 18-Foot Tables Inside 'Collaborative Pods'

Apple Campus 2 has been designed from the ground up to meet Apple's exacting specifications, and the same careful attention is also being applied to the interior of the building, including the furniture. In a recent visit to the Apple Campus, design-focused site Design Milk was given a small tidbit of information regarding one element of the interior design of Apple Campus 2 -- the tables. Apple is having 500 custom white oak tables created for Apple Campus 2, each one measuring in at 18-feet long, 4-feet wide, and 660 pounds. The tables are being designed by Dutch company Arco from a single sheet of wood with skateboard-style rounded edges and a seamless surface. The closest approximation that popped into my head was an enormous naked wood skate deck designed for a colossus Jony Ive. And if the length of all 500 tables inside Apple Campus 2 were combined, it would roughly equal the distance of the National Mall in Washington, DC. These extra large Pod Island Tables by Arco are constructed from continuous sheets of solid Spesshart white oak sourced from the fairytale forests of Germany. There are no visible seams because of the company's innovative manufacturing technique, which essentially peels away continuous single thin sheets of wood, which is then layered into a table top.Apple plans to use the tables inside of open area "pods" located on each floor of the main ring-shaped building. The layout is designed to encourage "accidental mingling" between employees by providing an open workspace that "brings people together organically," a concept Design Milk says

Apple Campus 2 Drone Video Shows Recent Progress on Spaceship-Shaped Building

Construction on Apple's second campus in Cupertino, California is slated to wrap up at the end of 2016, and with just eight months to go until the deadline, work on the site is continuing around the clock. As he does at the beginning of each month, drone pilot Duncan Sinfield captured new aerial video of Apple Campus 2, allowing us to see the progress that has been made over the course of the last 30 days. This month's video gives the closest look we've seen yet at the ring-shaped main building and other areas on the campus, with today's construction juxtaposed with video taken over the last several months to give us an idea of how rapidly work on the campus has progressed. At the main ring-shaped building, additional windows and window awnings have been added, and solar panels designed to sit atop the roof are being lifted into place. Work on the underground auditorium is nearly finished, and as we saw last month, the roof has been fitted to the building that will seat 1,000 people for future Apple events. Underground tunnels for accessing parking facilities also look to be in the end states of completion. A second video by Matthew Roberts depicts two massive parking structures and close-up views of the auditorium, the roof of the main building, and the 100,000 square foot fitness center where employees will be able to work out. In the near future, as work on the main buildings wraps up, Apple may begin its landscaping efforts. Since construction began, Apple has been amassing a giant dirt pile in the center of the campus, all of which will go towards the

Apple Campus 2 'Theatre' Features Largest Freestanding Carbon-Fiber Roof Ever Made

Apple's progress on its second campus has been tracked by drone videos and ongoing construction updates, but the company recently gave Mashable details on the new location, sharing impressive photos and inside information on the main ring-shaped structure and surrounding buildings like the auditorium. As we know, Apple's new campus features massive curved glass windows to give the building an open feel. Outfitting the campus in curved glass requires 3,000 panels, each of which is 46 feet long and 10.5 feet wide, and getting those panels into place required Apple to build custom machines it calls "Manipulators." Apple Campus 2 Theatre Mashable got a first look at the "Theatre," the 120,000 square-foot underground auditorium where Apple will host future events. Designed to seat 1,000 people, the Theatre lobby is made of glass that offers 360-degree views of the campus with stairs down to the event area. According to Apple, the roof is the most impressive part of the auditorium. It weighs 80 tons and was assembled in Dubai before being shipped in pieces to California. Apple Campus 2 Theatre roof But perhaps the most stunning addition is its roof, which Apple believes is the largest freestanding carbon-fiber roof ever made. Created by Dubai-based Premier Composite Technologies, it's a massive statement piece, in addition to a design feat. But please, Apple doesn't want you to call it a UFO. The roof was added to the Theatre last month. The circular roof is made up of 44 identical radial panels averaging 70 feet long and 11 feet wide, and each connects to a small

Apple Campus 2 Drone Video Shows Work on Massive Curved Windows, Solar Panels

Construction on Apple's second campus in Cupertino, California continues to progress as its completion date looms, and this month, further work has been done on the main ring-shaped building that spans 2.8 million square feet. Structural framing is nearing completion, and construction workers are preparing the solar panels that will be installed on the roof. More glass window panels have gone up, along with window canopies in some spots. The large, curved sheets of glass that surround the building are designed to let employees look out over the campus, which will be covered in greenery. Apple is planning to include 80 percent green space on the campus, with a central garden, orchards, and several outdoor dining areas. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said the large mound of dirt in the center of the campus will not be removed, instead going towards landscaping that will support more than 7,000 trees. "Hard to know which is more beautiful, the building or that pile of dirt," he said. The roof of the underground auditorium, where Apple will host events, is now in place, and work on a 100,000 square foot fitness center is underway. Solar panels are being added to the second of two parking garages, which will provide parking for more than 10,000 employees. Underground tunnels are in place for access to underground parking and other campus areas. Construction on the campus is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2016, and Cook believes Apple will begin occupying the building at the beginning of

Apple Campus 2 Taking Shape Rapidly as Completion Date Approaches

Apple's "spaceship" second campus is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2016, and with 10 months to go, construction is progressing rapidly on both the main ring-shaped building and several auxiliary buildings, including the underground auditorium, the visitor's center, and the Tantau addition, where research and development will take place. Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield has shared a February campus update with MacRumors, giving us one of our closest looks yet at the ongoing construction and progress that's been made since our last update in January. Starting last month, the window panels that make up the unique curved glass exterior began going up, and with additional panels added this month, there's a clear look at what the completed building will look like. With much of the exterior nearing completion, cranes are now lifting parts of the roof into place on the main building, and the roof for the underground auditorium will soon be attached. A solar array has also been affixed to one of the two parking structures. When finished, Apple's second campus will include the 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, several parking structures, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, a 120,000 square foot auditorium, and a dedicated visitor's center, all surrounded by lush green landscaping. Construction on the campus is scheduled to be completed at the end of

Massive Glass Window Panels Being Installed at Apple Campus 2

With just 12 months to go until Apple's second "spaceship" campus is scheduled to be completed, construction crews are hard at work on the main ring-shaped building and several auxiliary buildings, including the underground auditorium, a visitor's center, and a set of research and development buildings. Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield today shared another monthly campus update video with MacRumors, giving us a look at how construction has progressed since December. Late last month and early this month, enough of the main building was completed that the unique, curved glass windows could start going up. In the video, you'll see the first window panels on the building, both at the exterior and the interior of the ring. Significant progress has been made on the underground auditorium, and the Tantau research and development buildings are taking shape and filling out. With construction growing closer to completion, work on the landscape may soon begin. Apple's second campus will feature 80 percent green space, a central garden with outdoor dining areas, and more than 300 species of trees, including a variety of fruit trees. Underground structures like parking facilities and the auditorium will be covered with greenery. When finished, the campus will include the 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, several parking structures, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, a 120,000 square foot auditorium, and a dedicated visitor's center with an observation deck, cafe, and Apple