Drone footage of Apple’s new HQ must be seen to be believed

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A gleaming silver O has landed in Northern California. Some call it “the mothership”, others, “the spaceship”. Steve Jobs labeled it “the best office building in the world”. No matter the name, Apple’s enormous new headquarters, currently under construction, will likely have a major halo effect on the future of office design.

Recently, new drone footage of the construction site was released, showing the installation of glass and solar panels. If you can handle the tank-top techno soundtrack, it’s well worth checking out, if only to appreciate the sheer scope of the building.

Designed by British starchitect Lord Norman Foster, Apple’s future headquarters is more than a mile in length; will use more than six kilometers of curved glass; and will feature several orchards, running and walking paths, a $75 million fitness center, 60,000-square-foot restaurant, and 1,000 seat auditorium.

Ominously titled Campus 2, the four-floor doughnut will sit one mile east of the company’s current HQ in Cupertino, offering more than 2.8 million square feet of office space accommodating up to 13,000 employees.

After a series of delays due to city council approvals, the structure is scheduled to be completed in 2017. (You can check out video of Steve Jobs’ 2011 presentation to the council, his final public appearance.)

The New York Times’ T Magazine sees a sixties space-age aesthetic in Apple’s and Google’s new headquarters, invoking both 2001 and hippie communes.

“It comes, transfigured, from the wrecked dreams of communal living, of back-to-the-land utopias, of expanding plastic spheres and geodesic domes that populated the landscape of Northern California around the time (and around the same place) that the first semiconductors were being perfected,” Nikil Saval wrote.

The construction site certainly isn’t a utopia just yet – on March 24, 200 union plumbers and steamfitters picketed outside the spaceship, protesting unfair wages.

And despite its many nods to eco-friendly construction, Treehugger has labeled the building, “just another gas guzzling suburban office park…”

You can check out all the plans for Apple Campus 2 at the city of Cupertino’s website.