updated 07:02 pm EDT, Thu June 19, 2014
Contextual roads, support buildings, previously-unseen fountain among highlights
A new video by 3D mapping firm Technology Integration Services, based on publicly-available information about Apple's forthcoming "spaceship"-shaped Campus 2, has created a 3D video "flyover" of the campus that brings together known and little-featured details to portray the compound as it will look in 2016 when construction is expected to be complete. The video places the campus in context to its surroundings, and shows not just the main office building but the extensive landscaping and support structures.
Construction on the campus is at a rudimentary stage, with demolition and land clearing complete, but only foundation walls, a deep trench and circular land paving having been done so far. The main office building, expected to house some 12,000 workers, is said to feature long curving walls of glass, environmentally-friendly climate control, and use solar and other renewable resources to power the facility.
Solar panels will adorn the roof of the main building as well as most of the supporting structures, such as the parking garages. The facility also includes a bus depot to reduce car use by bussing in workers from surrounding communities. All told, the combined office space on the campus is estimated to house over 15,000 employees.
The 3D flyover offers a glimpse at the surrounding roads before heading to the outdoor dining area next to the main building's large indoor dining center and cafeteria. The camera veers left to show incoming buses on a below-ground tramway (presumably where the 40-foot trenches are being dug now) before pulling back to show a proposed visitor center and some support buildings located near North Tantau Avenue. The view swings left again to follow Interstate 280 and the parking garages Apple plans to build, complete with solar collection units on the roofs of all the buiildings.
A brief glimpse of the underground road entrance is seen as the video zooms back to the main building, now revealing an amphitheater and giant fountain in the center of the building's interior park. Most of the land, as Apple promised, is seen to be covered in foliage, mostly native tree species.
Multiple pathways weave in and around the center of the main building's outdoor area. The camera completes its tour by showing residences and other buildings across the highway from the campus. The estimated budget of the entire design, largely the work of co-founder Steve Jobs and architect Norman Foster, has mushroomed from $3 billion to $5 billion, with the extra costs blamed on the expected level of "fit and finish" as well as more environmental features than were originally envisaged but will likely reduce the cost of running the facility. Apple may be aiming to make its new HQ as renewable-reliant as its recent data centers.