After more than three years of construction, Apple’s 2.8 million-square-foot spaceship campus is finally nearing completion. As the final project of founder and famed perfectionist Steve Jobs, the campus is characteristically ambitious, featuring a host of exacting design decisions that were painstakingly made by the team at Apple. It took more than a year and a half to decide on a design for the building’s door handles, for example.
Perhaps the most striking design features of the campus, however, are the 3,000 panes of curved glass that form the exterior walls of the circular spaceship building. Once the building is complete, it will be encircled by more than six kilometers of curved glass, giving it a distinctly clean and futuristic appearance.
The largest pieces of curved glass in the campus are about 47 feet long and 10.5 feet high. In fact, these are reportedly the largest pieces of curved glass in the world. Each pane must be carefully hoisted into place with a specialized manipulator machine, and then secured to the exterior façade by hand. Thanks to the building’s precise design specifications, the individual panes form a near seamless window that surrounds the entire campus. Now that the glass has been installed, Apple is expected to begin moving into its new campus within the next few months.
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