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New drone photos: Peek at Apple’s spaceship from above

Any day now, Apple employees will start to move into their bigger-than-life spaceship of an office building, adding the human component to what promises to become an iconic piece of 21st-century architecture.

The new 175-acre campus was a dream of co-founder Steve Jobs, who introduced the project to the Cupertino City Council shortly before his death in late 2011. More than simply providing office space for the world’s most valuable company, the donut-shaped building visible from space has been masterfully designed, crouching like an exquisite beast in the shadows of Interstate 280.

Our photographer LiPo Ching used a drone last week to have an aerial look at the new digs. Here are some of his photos, along with some numbers that help describe this iconic structure:


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  • Welcome to Apple Park! Our photographer LiPo Ching unleashed his drone on the campus as it nears completion.

    Welcome to Apple Park! Our photographer LiPo Ching unleashed his drone on the campus as it nears completion.

  • Apple says it'll take six months to move all the employees into the building.

    Apple says it'll take six months to move all the employees into the building.

  • The campus rests on 175 acres and the spaceship is one mile in circumference.

    The campus rests on 175 acres and the spaceship is one mile in circumference.

  • There are 2,600 parking spaces in the subterranean parking garage with another 6,000 spaces located above ground.

    There are 2,600 parking spaces in the subterranean parking garage with another 6,000 spaces located above ground.

  • Apple Park will have 1,000 on-site charging stations for electric vehicles.

    Apple Park will have 1,000 on-site charging stations for electric vehicles.

  • There will be 1,500 bikes on campus for employees to use to get around.

    There will be 1,500 bikes on campus for employees to use to get around.

  • The inner part of the circular building is 30 acres.

    The inner part of the circular building is 30 acres.

  • The project cost an estimated $5 billion and the land cost Apple $160 million.

    The project cost an estimated $5 billion and the land cost Apple $160 million.

  • Over the coming weeks and months, as many as 12,000 employees will drive, bus or bike to the Park for the very first time, scope out their workspaces, and then get back to the business of creating the kinds of gadgets and services that have already seduced several generations of Earthlings.

    Over the coming weeks and months, as many as 12,000 employees will drive, bus or bike to the Park for the very first time, scope out their workspaces, and then get back to the business of creating the kinds of gadgets and services that have already seduced several generations of Earthlings.

  • The campus will have seven cafes which will seat 3,000 people and can crank out 15,000 lunches day from the on-site kitchens.

    The campus will have seven cafes which will seat 3,000 people and can crank out 15,000 lunches day from the on-site kitchens.

  • There are 1,750 seats on outdoor terraces.

    There are 1,750 seats on outdoor terraces.

  • The building has four stories above and three below ground.

    The building has four stories above and three below ground.

  • There are 4,400 hollow concrete slabs that act as the building's floors, ceilings, and HVAC system.

    There are 4,400 hollow concrete slabs that act as the building's floors, ceilings, and HVAC system.

  • Companies that worked on the project are based in 19 different countries.

    Companies that worked on the project are based in 19 different countries.

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