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."

applecampus2theatre2

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.

applecampus2theatre

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 central hub positioned in the middle.

There are many unique elements included in Apple's second campus, and a 60,000 square-foot restaurant inside the ring-shaped building is no exception. Designed to house 2,800 employees inside and 1,200 on an outside patio, the restaurant will feature two glass doors that are four stories high.

Apple expects construction on its campus to be finished at the end of 2016, which is right on schedule. Tim Cook said in a past interview that employees will begin moving into the building in January of 2017.

The full set of photos from Apple Campus 2 are available over at Mashable and are worth checking out for those interested in a close-up look at the new campus.

Top Rated Comments

stridemat Avatar
83 months ago
I'm sure this is impressive to somebody.
Being in the construction industry it is to me :)
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tuc Avatar
83 months ago
"The circular roof is made up of 44 identical radial panels averaging 70 feet long and 11 feet wide"

I don't get this. If the 44 panels are identical, why would they cite "average" length and width.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tcgjeukens Avatar
83 months ago
Why not a roof like ?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iamgalt Avatar
83 months ago
I wonder why they chose carbon fibre for the roof instead of traditional materials? It would be far more expensive! Internal acoustics?
Carbon fiber has a much better strength to size ratio; allowing apple to get a much thinner roof, that is much lighter, and needs fewer supports due to its strength. We all know how Apple enjoys thinness. :)
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
whooleytoo Avatar
83 months ago



If ever an image is crying out to be photoshopped...
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JesperA Avatar
83 months ago
Carbon fiber has a much better strength to size ratio; allowing apple to get a much thinner roof, that is much lighter, and needs fewer supports due to its strength. We all know how Apple enjoys thinness. :)
And they will replace the roof once a year for an even thinner one
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

macbook air m2

Exclusive: Apple Plans to Launch MacBook Air With M2 Chip on July 15

Wednesday June 29, 2022 5:23 pm PDT by
The redesigned MacBook Air with the all-new M2 Apple silicon chip will be available for customers starting Friday, July 15, MacRumors has learned from a retail source. The new MacBook Air was announced and previewed during WWDC earlier this month, with Apple stating availability will begin in July. The MacBook Air features a redesigned body that is thinner and lighter than the previous...
original iphone 2007

15 Years Ago Today, the iPhone Went On Sale

Wednesday June 29, 2022 4:43 am PDT by
Fifteen years ago to this day, the iPhone, the revolutionary device presented to the world by the late Steve Jobs, officially went on sale. The first iPhone was announced by Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007, and went on sale on June 29, 2007. "An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator... these are not three separate devices," Jobs famously said. "Today, Apple is going to reinvent the...
maxresdefault

Video Comparison: M2 MacBook Pro vs. M1 MacBook Pro

Tuesday June 28, 2022 2:45 pm PDT by
Apple last week launched an updated version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and it is the first Mac that is equipped with an updated M2 chip. As it's using a brand new chip, we thought we'd pick up the M2 MacBook Pro and compare it to the prior-generation M1 MacBook Pro to see just what's new. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. For the video comparison, we're using the...
iPhone vs Galaxy Larger

Apple Executive Says Samsung Copied the iPhone and Simply 'Put a Bigger Screen Around It'

Tuesday June 28, 2022 8:59 am PDT by
The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern today shared a new documentary about the evolution of the iPhone ahead of the 15th anniversary of the device launching on June 29, 2007. The documentary includes an interview with Apple's marketing chief Greg Joswiak, iPhone co-creator Tony Fadell, and a family of iPhone users. One segment of the interview reflects on Android smartphones gaining larger...
iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 11 Pro vs. 14 Pro: New Features to Expect if You've Waited to Upgrade

Monday June 27, 2022 11:22 am PDT by
With many customers choosing to upgrade their iPhone every two or three years nowadays, there are lots of iPhone 11 Pro users who might be interested in upgrading to the iPhone 14 Pro later this year. Those people are in for a treat, as three years of iPhone generations equals a long list of new features and changes to look forward to. Below, we've put together a list of new features and...
Mac Studio IO

Apple Begins Selling Refurbished Mac Studio Models

Thursday June 30, 2022 7:42 pm PDT by
Apple today began selling refurbished Mac Studio models for the first time in the United States, Canada, and select European countries, such as Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, two refurbished Mac Studio configurations are currently available, including one with the M1 Max chip (10-core CPU and 24-core GPU) for...
rootbug

Major macOS High Sierra Bug Allows Full Admin Access Without Password - How to Fix [Updated]

Tuesday November 28, 2017 12:33 pm PST by
There appears to be a serious bug in macOS High Sierra that enables the root superuser on a Mac with a blank password and no security check. The bug, discovered by developer Lemi Ergin, lets anyone log into an admin account using the username "root" with no password. This works when attempting to access an administrator's account on an unlocked Mac, and it also provides access at the login...