Apple’s ambitious “spaceship” Campus 2 is almost complete — after years in the making. And a newly released video shows it in all of its glory. The 4K video, shot by pilot Duncan Sinfield, was filmed with an ultra-high-end DJI Inspire 1 drone.
The video details features like the building’s new glowing facade, a foundation for a giant outdoor fountain, an underground auditorium the company plans to use for future product announcements, landscape markers and walking trails. Campus 2’s central power and HVAC plant both seem to be functioning, and you can even see construction on additional power cells. The video also points out that there are fewer cranes on site — a fact that likely signals construction on the new facility is nearing completion.
Apple’s Campus 2 was first announced by Steve Jobs in 2011, who said that over 12,000 employees would eventually work in the 2.8-million-square foot facility. It would feature eco-friendly additions like edible landscaping, cycling and walking paths, and other green improvements meant to minimize the facility’s environmental impact.
Some of these eco-friendly improvements include the use of Apple’s micro-power grid, which is reported to be capable of providing up to 75 percent of Campus 2’s energy requirements. The system will be supplemented by fuel cells by Bloom Energy.
Other innovative features of the facility include underground tunnels that would connect various parts of Campus 2 — these can be seen toward the end of Sinfield’s video. The campus’s exercise-focused zones, like the aforementioned jogging trails, will also include basketball and tennis courts for employees to use.
Apple has announced that the facility is due to be completed by the end of this year. Cupertino hopes the facility will be useable by employees in 2017. Construction on satellite facilities — including the addict Phase 2 project that would add even more workspace, along with a data center — is expected to extend into 2017.
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