While the world is focused on the finishing touches to Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ Apple 2 campus as it nears completion, there is a lesser-known Apple building now being built, and is just as bizarre shaped as the flying saucer building. The Cupertino Company’s “AC3” Central and Wolfe is just across the street from the Sunnyvale Crossing seven-building development Apple is currently renting. It is also just 3 miles away from the new Apple Park.
The new AC3 campus boasts of similarities with the new flying saucer campus such as curved windows and lush green vegetation around the building. It is also bizarrely shaped like Apple’s ‘command key.’ Apple will begin moving into AC3 sometime in 2018. The massive structure highlights small parks on the campus, walking paths and wide open spaces, while the building is fitted with the same curved window design as Apple Park. According to an Apple spokesperson in an e-mail to media outlets, the campus will contain a wellness center, fitness center, a Caffe Macs, green space, and amazing landscape.
The company expects to move in anytime in 2018. Apple originally signed a lease for the new campus in 2015 with Landbank Investment LCC, and it was then purchased by developer Jay Paul afterwards. The whole completed campus will measure around 882,857 square feet of collaborative space and will consist of three curved concrete structures that connect around a courtyard that forms into the shape of Apple’s command key. On the southeastern side of the campus is another rising project as the amenities building in a seven-story parking structure, according to Level 10, the construction company for the project. The parking will mostly be underground and the courtyard will host food trucks and some visitor parking.
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The tech giant plans to have the surrounding ground landscaped with local flora and other plants, following in the footsteps of Apple Park that will boast its own grassy fields and over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees. This new ‘command key’ project has mostly stayed below the radar for a majority of its construction and Apple has yet to reveal major details of the campus. Speculation is that once the new AC3 is operable the tech giant plans to leave their leased properties and move engineering to this new complex.
This speculation is fueled by the comparison to Apple Park. The new complex is a massive 175 acres and will span 2.8 million square feet to be able to house 13,000 Apple techies from the old campus, except the engineering department. Steve Jobs, who would have been 62 last Friday, was the first to set out to create these futuristic buildings for the company. To honor the founder’s memory and his enduring influence on the company and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named “The Steve Jobs Theater.”