On September 12, attendees of the Special Event also witnessed for the very first time, the Apple Park dubbed “spaceship” campus. Built for close to a whopping 5 billion dollars, the Apple Park is the company's all glass campus. It's just a loop of glass that goes around 175 acres of land at the centre of which are over 9,000 apricot, apple, cherry, persimmon and pear trees.
“Everything in this theatre, every detail, everything you see around you, is a totally integrated collaboration with Jony Ive and his design studio. Over the last nine years, we have become almost one. We talk together all the time, sit and sketch. This is not a Foster + Partners building,” says Stefan Behling from Foster + Partners and a lead architect of the Park.
Jony Ive was instrumental in giving life to the Apple Park just as Steve Jobs would have wanted. And if the future is all about adaptability and evolution, Ive has made sure that the same is reflected in his building as well.
“I don’t think it is necessary to be explicit about its flexibility but that flexibility is absolutely as powerful as in buildings where the primary story, is “Hey, you can reconfigure this”. Our building is very configurable and you can very quickly create large open spaces or you can configure lots of smaller private offices. The building will change and it will evolve. And I’m sure in 20 years’ time we will be designing and developing very different products, and just that alone will drive the campus to evolve and change. And actually, I’m much more interested in being able to see the landscape, that is a much more important capability,” he says.