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Apple’s sprawling corporate campus in California, one of the last projects that late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dreamed up, will be opened to employees in April.
It will take six months to move 12,000 employees to the 175-acre headquarters, which will take the place of the company’s current building at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino that has failed to keep-up with Apple’s growth into the world’s biggest company.
The futuristic building, which takes the shape of a doughnut, is nestled in a tree-filled campus that includes two miles of walking trails, a large fitness centre, and a theatre named for Jobs.
Apple’s new home represents a departure from its current rectangular shaped building that is surrounded by asphalt parking lots with its main form of greenery in a courtyard wedged in the middle of the main building.
“Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come,” said Tim Cook, chief executive.
Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, said that “Steve was exhilarated, and inspired, by the California landscape, by its light and its expansiveness. It was his favorite setting for thought. Apple Park captures his spirit uncannily well”.