Apple Park

Steve Jobs unveiled the plans for this massive, circle-shaped new campus for Apple just 5 months before his death.

19055 Pruneridge Ave
Cupertino, CA 95014

The exponential growth of Appleā€™s business from 2004 on made the Infinite Loop campus too small to accommodate all its staff. In 2006, Steve Jobs announced to the Cupertino city council (video here) that Apple had purchased land to build an additional campus further west, on N Wolfe Road/I-280. There was no news about that campus in the next five years.

However, in August 2011, the day following his last keynote at WWDC'11, Steve paid a second visit to the city council to reveal his plans (video here). He picked renowned architectural firm Foster + Partners to design the future Apple campus, which he himself dubbed "the spaceship": a futuristic, four stories high glass-and-metal circular structure, which would house up to 13,000 employees. With its mile-long circumference, the building would be visible from space, hence its other nickname, "the round Pentagon". It would include its own amphitheater for hosting Apple events, visitor center, power plant, and apricot orchard.

Steve was admittedly very proud of the project, which he showed to several people as evidence that Apple was a company built to last. He called it the "best office building in the world", one that "architecture students will come to see".

After Steve's passing, Jony Ive took charge of the project from Apple's side, and led it to completion in 2017 (two years later than planned). The campus is now the main home to Apple Inc. The amphitheater was named The Steve Jobs Theater in homage to the Apple founder and his talents as master showman.