As Apples launch is about to take place, lets review Apples new headquarters: Apple Park.
ApplePark is the last product released by Jobs, and it has not been released as scheduled since Apples first public release since 1997. Its also the biggest Apple product in history, and Im afraid its hard to surpass in the future.
Jobs used to work here
The property Jobs bought for Apples new campus was originally the site of HPs office building. What many people dont know is that Jobss first summer internship at the age of 12 was here.
Why build a new headquarters?
Apple is already overcrowded, and Jobs has said that over the past decade, the number of employees at Apple has soared, occupying more than 100 buildings. So he wanted to build a new headquarters, and his expectation of the new headquarters was, The best office building in the world, I hope its a place that architecture students would like to visit.
Jobs, Ivey and Fosters Joint Design
The idea of setting up a new headquarters was put forward by Jobs and Jony Ive, Apples chief designer. Ive worked closely with designer Norman Foster in five years.
Foster is the worlds top designer, he won the Pritzker Architecture Award, but also the Queen of Englands jazz, he also has a jazz reputation in the industry. His products include the latest version of Applestore retail store, T3 terminal in Beijing, HSBC Building in Hong Kong, Imperial War Museum in London, etc.
A Perfectionist Driving Mad Party A: Steve Jobs
Jobs put forward all kinds of perfect design requirements, but unfortunately, before Apple Park started, Jobs left.
According to Fosters fellow designers, when discussing what materials to use for interior walls, Jobs did not just mention I like oak as other clients did. Jobs was extremely precise in demanding that the wood must be cut in straight-cut patterns. To minimize sugar and sap in the wood, it needs to be cut in winter, preferably in January.
Even a small doorknob, Jobs has to pursue the ultimate, accurate doorknob to nano contractors, can not meet their requirements. The requirements of the threshold are more stringent, and there can be no protrusion or segmentation inside and outside the threshold. These stringent requirements led to Apple forcing two contractors out in four years.
Apple Park didnt initially expect that much
As early as 2006, Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple, acquired nine adjacent properties around the old campus, ready for the construction of Apple Park. In the design process, HP decided to move away completely in November 2010, so Apple bought a part of the land. In February 2014, Apple blew up all 24 original HP buildings, making the construction area suddenly larger than todays? 280?000 square feet (about 260,000 square meters).
ApplePark has created a tree waste in the area.
Jobs hopes to regain the lost environment by planting trees. In fact, in order to get enough trees, Apple is a labor-hurting company. The number of trees planted by Apple Park has increased from 6,000 to 9,000, which Jobs initially planned. This is also the biggest challenge in the process of building Apple Park. For this reason, Apple also bought a tree farm in Yermo, where trees were originally prepared for Christmas. The wild search for apples even led to a shortage of Christmas trees in the area.
ApplePark suffering from procrastination
In 2006, Jobs announced to the Cupertino City Council that Apple had acquired nine adjacent buildings to build its second headquarters. In 2011, the city government of Apple applied for construction. In 2013, the new headquarters project was approved. In 2013, the start date was delayed by one year, and it is planned to be completed by 2016. In 2016, Apple again postponed its opening date until the spring of 2017. 2017? Is scheduled to be stationed in April.
One of the most expensive buildings in the world
The cost of Apple buying the land is estimated at $160 million. In 2011, Apple Parks budget was actually less than $3 billion. However, the total cost in 2013 is estimated to be close to US$5 billion, and the interior decoration of the main building alone costs US$1 billion.
This valuation also makes Apples new headquarters one of the most expensive buildings in the world. Although it is not yet comparable to the Royal Bell Tower Hotel in Mecca ($15 billion) and the Mecca Mosque in Saudi Arabia ($100 billion), it has surpassed the New World Trade Center complex in New York ($3.9 billion) and the new World Trade Center complex in New York ($3.9 billion). Porsches new North American headquarters ($100 million).
American media likened the huge building to a giant glass doughnut, while science fiction fans thought it was like an alien UFO, while fruit fans said it was like an apples Home key for the earth. Some Chinese netizens jokingly call it like Fujian Tulou. Jobs claimed before his death that the new building would bring the feeling of a landing spaceship.
Complaints from local residents: disturbing people and affecting traffic
Residents from three surrounding cities told Cupertino officials that the building could be too big to put great pressure on traffic. Local residents believed that Apple Park would put traffic pressure on nearby Interstate 280, and some suggested adding Apple Export to the expressway. To address these problems, Apple has held more than 100 meetings with local government departments over the past five years.
Impact on the local economy
VentureBeat reports that, generally speaking, the construction of business centers will drive the economic development of the surrounding areas, but the headquarters of technology companies also have such amazing effects, especially the new headquarters of Silicon Valley giant Apple.
The New York Times published an article about the impact of the super building on its surroundings, the most direct impact of which is to boost the housing prices around it. Between 2015 and 2016, local property prices rose by $1.7 billion, of which $820 million came from Apples new headquarters, the report said.
In the second quarter of 2015, the busiest period for the construction of Apple Park, business activity in Cubutino was booming, up 33.5% from the second quarter of 2014, then slowed down gradually, down 19.4% in the second quarter of last year, and the impact of Apples new headquarters is evident.
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