With Apple's futuristic "Apple Campus 2" in Cupertino slated to open in 2016, we're starting to receive more stunning insights into the innovative engineering and sustainable technology at work in the 176-acre site.
In a new video embedded in its revised environmental policy page, Apple details the harmonious relationship between the circular main building and its surroundings; an homage to what Steve Jobs remembered from the natural beauty of Cupertino, Calif. in his youth.
"The building itself is just part of the story," Apple shares in a statement. "Just under 80 percent of the site will be open space, populated by more than 7000 trees — including more than 6000 newly planted shade and fruit trees. Drought-tolerant plants will be used throughout the landscape to minimize water use."
The campus will also be powered by a 100% mix of renewable energy - as well as passive air ventilation floating "freely between the inside and outside of the building" for 75 percent of the year. As mentioned above (and shown below) the amount of green space being added to the former HP-campus is simply amazing.
As Steve Jobs described the building in June 2011:
"It's a pretty amazing building. It's a little like a spaceship landed. It's got this gorgeous courtyard in the middle... It's a circle. It's curved all the way around. If you build things, this is not the cheapest way to build something. There is not a straight piece of glass in this building. It's all curved. We've used our experience making retail buildings all over the world now, and we know how to make the biggest pieces of glass in the world for architectural use. And, we want to make the glass specifically for this building here. We can make it curve all the way around the building... It's pretty cool."