Apple to open HQ’s visitor center on November 17th

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The public will be able to get its first glimpse of Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ HQ.

Apple has revealed the Visitor’s Center for Apple Park, which has its own cafe and Apple Store, will open on November 17th directly opposite the new HQ.

Visitors will also be able to see the firm’s spaceship from a rooftop viewing deck.

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The Visitor's Center for Apple Park, which has its own cafe and Apple Store, will open on November 17th directly opposite the new HQ. It uses many of the same materials and has the same feel as the interior of the firm's Spaceship HQ opposite - although visitors won't be allowed inside the HQ itself

The Visitor's Center for Apple Park, which has its own cafe and Apple Store, will open on November 17th directly opposite the new HQ. It uses many of the same materials and has the same feel as the interior of the firm's Spaceship HQ opposite - although visitors won't be allowed inside the HQ itself

The Visitor’s Center for Apple Park, which has its own cafe and Apple Store, will open on November 17th directly opposite the new HQ. It uses many of the same materials and has the same feel as the interior of the firm’s Spaceship HQ opposite – although visitors won’t be allowed inside the HQ itself

Invites have been sent out for a special event at the center

Invites have been sent out for a special event at the center

Invites have been sent out for a special event at the center

The firm this seek sent local residents invitations to a special event on the 16th before the opening.

Abbi Vakil posted his to Twitter. 

The center  will open to the public the next day, according to a sign posted on its doors. 

It will include a ‘unique’ Apple Store selling Apple Park branded merchandise such as t-shirts and mugs, which will only available at the store.

It will also include an augmented reality model of Apple Park, which users can view through iPads to see details of the building and even virtually look inside. 

Members of the press and VIP were able to get a sneak peek ahead of the firm’s 10th anniversary iPhone launch, which also revealed the ‘jaw-dropping’ Steve Jobs Theater and the massive ‘spaceship’ HQ.

Dailymail.com got a first-hand look at the remarkable campus, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, freshly planted trees, and an undeniable attention to detail. 

Despite its staggering size, the huge circular building at the heart of Apple Park is almost completely hidden from passing traffic, thanks to strategically placed trees. 

The visitor’s  centre also has its own cafe, complete with the custom designed furniture Apple will use its its staff dining area inside the spaceship. 

A new visitors center outside the campus, will offer the public the chance to see the spaceship up close when opens later this year 

‘Apple Park has been built to reflect Apple’s values, for both technology and the environment,’ Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the start of the event, following a touching tribute to the late Steve Jobs, to whom the new Steve Jobs Theater is dedicated. 

The campus ‘forms an open and inspiring environment for our teams to collaborate,’ Cook explained, revealing it’s ‘designed to be seamless with nature, and brings the outside in.’

The view from the visitor's center roof: The giant new campus is visible through the tress from the rooftop deck os the new building

The view from the visitor's center roof: The giant new campus is visible through the tress from the rooftop deck os the new building

The view from the visitor’s center roof: The giant new campus is visible through the tress from the rooftop deck os the new building

‘We have one of the world’s largest on site solar installations right here.’ 

As the firm plans to start moving in to the campus later this year, ‘the opening today of the Steve Jobs Theater is the first step,’ Cook explained.

As press filed in to the 1000-seat Steve Jobs Theater, the massive curved staircase that brings visitors to the underground levels was revealed for the first time.

Visitors will be able to use and augmented reality model of the HQ to virtually see inside. The building’s facade uses the same materials found throughout the new $5bn HQ (right)

Today’s event marked the first to take place at the 1,000-seater Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, the firm’s $5bn ‘Spaceship’ in Cupertino.

‘Steve and his passion live on here at Apple Park, and everywhere at Apple,’ Tim Cook said during the event. 

APPLE PARK: DAILYMAIL.COM’S FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The first thing that hits you driving up to Apple’s new HQ is the scale of it – it’s truly vast.

However, it’s actually quite difficult to see, as Apple has done a superb job of using trees to hide the building, as much as you can hide a giant spaceship, from passing traffic.

Once through the gates, its easy to see why Apple called the a park – it really feels as thought you’re in the middle of on. There are large trees and grassy areas everywhere, and while everything is freshly planted, one can only imagine how green the entire area will look in a few months.

Despite its staggering size, the huge circular building at the heart of Apple Park is almost completely hidden from passing traffic, thanks to strategically placed trees

There’s also the slightly strange feel everything is very, very fresh (especially the smell of manure).

The Steve Jobs Theater is also jaw dropping – shimmering in the morning sun, it looks almost otherworldly – which is possibly not surprising given the amount of money Apple has spent getting every detail right.

There’s also a new visitors center outside the campus, which will offer the public the chance to see the spaceship up close when opens later this year – and will, of course, have an Apple Store as well.

-Mark Prigg for Dailymail.com

The Steve Jobs Theater has four underground levels, and according to Apple’s blueprints, journalists and other visitors get to it by descending a staircase spiraling down alongside the walls after entering the circular entrance – the only part visible from above.

The theater also has two specially made rotating elevators, which turn as they ascend and descend so that passengers enter and exit by the same door – even though they go in and out from different directions. 

Just last week, aerial footage was released showing a glimpse at the the new state-of-art Apple complex in Cupertino, California.   

Shot by drone pilot Duncan Sinfield, the footage showed the nearly complete main ‘spaceship’ structure, along with landscaping work inside the main ring of the building.  

It’s expected the final tree count will be around 9,000 and will include apple, apricot, and cherry trees. 

The drone images also shows the finished Steve Job’s Theater, named after the late visionary leader of Apple, sitting atop a man-made hill with a glass exterior foyer.  

Meanwhile, construction workers building the Apple Park have been posting photos and videos of the firm’s new $5billion headquarters.

One video shows the exterior of the spaceship, the sleek walls of the new theater, the ‘Apple Campus tunnel,’ and several areas still under construction. 

In subsequent videos, both interior and exterior walls of the 360-degree curved glass office building, which has been nicknamed ‘spaceship, can be seen. 

The building also features a two-story yoga room, a 4,000 person café with four-story glass doors, and even patented pizza boxes to prevent food from getting soggy. 

The 2.8 million-square-foot ‘Apple Park’ campus was originally commissioned by the late Steve Jobs in 2009 and house 13,000 Apple techies.

KEY FEATURES OF THE SPACESHIP-LIKE CAMPUS 

The launch was held at the Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple's new 'spaceship' campus in Cupertino. The campus is located around one mile east of its current headquarters

The launch was held at the Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple's new 'spaceship' campus in Cupertino. The campus is located around one mile east of its current headquarters

The launch was held at the Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus in Cupertino. The campus is located around one mile east of its current headquarters

Appearing as a giant saucer, the Silicon Valley site near the 280 Highway will be home to 13,000 Apple employees.

There will be jogging and cycling trails, with more than a thousand bikes kept on site at all times, which staff can use to make their way around.

The Spaceship will have 360-degree curved glass fronted walls and central courtyard as well as a 1,000-seater auditorium, a gym and 300,000 square feet of ‘research’ space.

Apple Campus 2 will additionally have underground parking hidden from view, meaning 80 per cent of the site can be covered in trees. The site was previously owned by Hewlett Packard and the majority of the area is currently covered in asphalt. 

Elsewhere underground, the auditorium will be where Apple’s CEO Tim Cook will present the companies keynotes ahead of product launches, for example. This auditorium will be covered with a circular glass pavilion that will also be an access point for employees and guests.

Natural gas will, primarily, provide the building’s power and the local energy grid will only be accessed in emergencies.

The glass structure will also be fitted with solar panels.

The circular, four-storey building will be around a mile in circumference and a third of a mile wide and was recently described by the San Fransisco Weekly as a ‘massive glass doughnut’.

The building stays eco-friendly with natural ventilation that works instead of air-conditioning for 70 per cent of the year, low energy LED lighting where natural light doesn’t reach, and on-site recycling.  

Jobs called it ‘the best office building in the world’ and the current Apple CEO, Tim Cook, now refers to it as a ‘gift’ to the future of Apple employees.

Inside the circular building, each floor will be lined with fins called ‘canopies,’ which will be equipped with specially designed vents on the underside that will allow the Ring to ‘inhale’ air and breathe. 

Apple began developing the project in 2014 and has since been working around the clock to finish the campus, which opened to employees in April – although the entire space is not yet complete. 

 

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