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Satellite footage shows Apple Park’s evolution over time


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Apple's massive HQ has come a long way in the past two years.
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Apple’s enormous $5 billion Apple Park campus has come a long way in the past two years, as a new video makes clear.

Taken by Planet Labs, a company with the goal of selling high-resolution satellite imaging, it depicts construction on the new headquarters from September 2015 through the present day. Check it out below.

It’s a shame that the footage couldn’t go back right to the start of the project, before the distinctive HQ started to take shape, but this still serves as a good indicator of just how much work has been done in the past two years — all compressed into just 18 seconds of footage.

Not only does it show the circular HQ itself, but also external buildings like the Steve Jobs Theater, where future Apple keynotes and product unveilings are set to take place. While we’re too far removed to see all of Apple’s perfectionist attention to detail, which reportedly drove builders mad, we can at least also see some of the on-site landscaping taking place.

For a closer look, you can check out this recent drone flyover video of the massive HQ, which looks like it comes straight out of a James Bond movie.

Less an HQ than a standalone city

Apple’s 175-acre campus reportedly became operational sometime in April, although the transition of roughly 12,000 employees who will populate the new HQ to the new site will take around six months to complete.

Recently, the HQ got a bit of a drubbing in the press from Wired, which referred to it as a “mega-headquarters straight out of the middle of the last century,” and an, “anachronism wrapped in glass.” With that, others have praised the design — as well as its impressive environmental credentials.

What do you think of Apple Park? Leave your comments below.

Source: Business Insider


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