The latest progress on the new $5 billion Apple Campus 2 was unveiled earlier this week in an unofficial drone flyby video shot by Silicon Valley-based videographer Duncan Sinfield. Filmed with a DJI Inspire 1 drone, the aerial footage shows off the jaw-dropping scale of the spaceship-like campus and is skillfully edited to include narration by the late Steve Jobs. The scale of the massive 2.8 million-square-foot development isn’t the only campus feature we’re impressed by—the campus is expected to reach net-zero energy standards and will generate 100 percent of its power from renewable energy, including 700,000 square feet of rooftop solar panels.
Designed by Fosters + Partners, the donut-shaped building will serve as the new headquarters for the US tech juggernaut. The Apple Campus 2 will house over 13,000 employees inside a four-story circular building that measures almost a mile in circumference. The structure is so big that’ll require nearly four miles of glass windows and can fit the footprint of the Pentagon, one of the world’s largest office buildings, inside the central courtyard.
Sinfield’s video opens with clips of Steve Jobs introducing the 150-acre project in a 2011 Cupertino City Council meeting. Jobs’ commentary is used as a voiceover in the new drone footage, which shows the construction site and zooms in on the nearly completed building foundations and underground floors. The movie pans over multiple sections of the site, with captions that identify features of the construction landscape such as the on-site cement plant, auditorium, and 300,000-square-foot R&D facilities. Aerial videos taken on August 1, 2015 have been overlaid on the new footage to show the progress made in the last month.
Sinfield’s latest construction update is part of his monthly drone video series of the campus. The Apple Campus 2 is slate for completion in 2016.
Via The Verge
Images via Youtube/Duncan Sinfield