Apple 'spaceship' headquarters to open in April
The spaceship has landed.
Apple's new headquarters -- or the spaceship, as it's been called -- will open in April and will even feature some areas open to the public.
The first employees will start to move into the 175-acre campus at that point, while building construction and landscaping will continue across the site, the company said in a statement Wednesday. It'll take six months for 12,000 employees to move from the existing headquarters and other offices in Cupertino, California, into the new campus nearby that will officially be called Apple Park.
Apple Park is the last product from co-founder Steve Jobs, who died Oct. 5, 2011, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The famously detail-oriented leader had envisioned Apple's new headquarters as a beacon of innovation and a place for the company's employees to continue their efforts to release groundbreaking products. Apple's has ballooned since its early years, and it has outgrown its current offices at 1 Infinite Loop, which holds about 2,800 employees.
The new site has at its heart a ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot building clad in glass. Jobs compared the building to a "spaceship" when he proposed the development to the Cupertino City Council in 2011. The idea was certainly outside the norm for corporate headquarters, and Jobs' intense interest in design had an obvious influence on the architecture.
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