The “spaceship” will cover 2.8 million square feet and host up to 14,000 employees. Roughly 260,000 square meters of office space, corporate fitness facilities, auditoriums and cafeterias that will handle lunch for 3,000 employees will be enveloped in pricey floor-to-ceiling panes of concave glass from Germany. A 600-seat restaurant surrounded by over 6,000 trees will boast floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors.
Since the first design was unveiled, the project’s estimated price has shot up from an initial $3 billion to $5 billion. Apple began tearing down 26 buildings on the existing site in June. These excavations expected to last six months will require a 24-hour convoy of trucks, according a former Apple manager.
The project has gone through a series of modifications, but models of the latest version can be seen at MercuryNews.com.