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Apple builds its new Headquarters as the Greenest Building in the World

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Published: 11:45 GMT, Apr 15, 2017 |
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Apple starts the long move into Apple Park, its new, ring-shaped headquarters designed by Foster + Partners.

Popularly known as the Spaceship, the building has ambitions to match. With 2.8 million square feet of office space, Apple Park has more interior space than the Empire State Building. It will cost $5 billion. It is clad in the world’s largest panels of curved glass.

The project description submitted to the city of Cupertino boasts of an impressive arsenal of sustainable technologies. Apple and San Francisco are competing for trees, since Apple is planting more than 6,000 of them. Apple Park will be the world’s largest naturally ventilated building, the company said in February, and is projected “to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year.” Tim Cook said it could be the “greenest building in the world.”

You can bet, with talk like that, that Apple and Norman Foster are expecting LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest award for sustainable construction.

The Economist calculates that “in all, the new headquarters will contain 318,000 square meters of offices and laboratories. The car parks will occupy 325,000 square meters.”