Apple Campus 2 Gets First 2017 Construction Update via Drone

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    Reliable aerial coverage of Apple Campus 2 from Matthew Roberts has continued today, with the first drone footage of the campus in 2017 posted on Roberts' YouTube channel. As construction continues into the new year -- originally expected to be completed by the end of 2016 -- the new footage shows a nearly-complete main building, as well as free-standing structures such as the nearby parking garage and its rooftop solar panels.


    Still under construction is the underground auditorium where Apple will host various product reveal events, and workers continue to stream in and out of the "Spaceship" building's main atrium, which began glass installation in November.

    A noticeable change comes in the form of landscaping within the circular main building, with dirt piles forming around the central water feature of the courtyard. There are also many more trees and other greenery either lined up to be planted, or already in the ground. This area is expected to be one of many where workers can relax outside to eat or exercise.

    In December, Roberts created a video that looked back at the construction progress made on Apple Campus 2 from July to the end of 2016. Construction on the campus officially began back in 2013 and once complete will encompass 2.8 million square feet of space to house 13,000 employees.

    Previous Coverage: Here's a Detailed Aerial Photograph of Apple Campus 2

    Article Link: Apple Campus 2 Gets First 2017 Construction Update via Drone
     
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    *It's much less dramatic if one would use square meters.;)




    * = 260128 m2
     
  3. C DM macrumors Nehalem

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    Might as well use hectares as those are even more meaningful in US. ;)
     
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    2.8 Square million feet! Wow! Unreal how massive this structure is.
     
  5. Mr. Dee macrumors 6502a

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    The contractors are definitely taking their own sweet time with it. Someone setup a Facebook page with on the ground reports. Comments like, "gotta go make them coins" and my uncle got me an apprenticeship at AC2. Its much of a privilege building as it will be working there for in the near future.
     
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    Even less so with square miles... hey why stop there?
     
  7. manu chao, Jan 11, 2017
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    Square metres is a very practical unit to measure room size, square miles much less so. But since there is little point in trying to convince America to switch from imperial to metric units, that debate is essentially pointless except that also listing the office space in metric units might make things easier to take in for non-Americans (or more precisely people from countries using the metric system).
     
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    And it is still being called a "spaceship" for completely unknown reasons.
     
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    Always looked like a stack of old disks to me, from the old computer days of the 60s-80s.

    So they should be done constructing this thing by April 1st... just in time for a 41st anniversary celebration.
     
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    Not sure about RDF, but basically just how one of the main people behind something referred to it and often enough how others would pick up on that and use that as a nickname essentially. Not factoring in other people seeing it in similar light even without those particular links to how Jobs described it for fun.
     
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    In in all the science fiction I've ever read or seen, I can't think of a single "spaceship" that looks anything like this. Flying saucer? Surely not. Space station? Maybe the one 2001, but that wasn't a "spaceship." Steve had his own "magical" way of describing ideas he was trying to sell that don't necessarily hold up to even casual examination. I suppose it's a tribute to Steve in peculiar way that his most random choices words are still so revered that they remain persistent even when they don't make any actual sense.
     
  14. C DM macrumors Nehalem

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    Probably a bit more along the lines of a space station as in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotating_wheel_space_station although space ships with that aspect included have been part of science fiction as well. If the inner circle is considered to be part of it as well (even though it's basically outside technically speaking), then it's closer to something along the lines of a large flying saucer type of ship that has also been used in all kinds of science fiction. The point is that it's not really a stretch for all kinds of people to make that type of "space" association in their head when they see something of that scale and of that type of atypical design, even if not everyone would have that pop up in their head as one of the first things, or even at all. It can all certainly be nitpicked to one degree or another, but it's somewhat more simplistic and realistically essentially inconsequential in the end.
     
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    Exactly: if Steve said it, that's all that matters.
     
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  17. RowellE, Jan 11, 2017
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    Apple should make a product-style video package of AC2 to show at some keynote when everything is complete that'll show the creation process, etc.

    I can already imagine Jony's voice over saying, "Apple Campus 2 is... unapologetically round."
     
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    2017 is less than two weeks old. Can we can dial the hype back a bit?
     
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    You must be a lot of fun at get-togethers. He was using it to say that Apple Campus 2 looks futuristic, maybe even architecturally "out of this world." It's a figure of speech, not intended for you to sit down and compare renderings with spaceships in science-fiction literature.
     
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    Actually, I am. I sing, tap dance, tell jokes, and play the ukulele, all at the same time.

    But to the point, this "figure of speech" is used in every, single MR article about the new campus as the only way to describe the building. It seems the only rationale for repeating that description endlessly and exclusively is that Steve Jobs used the word once. Hoping the people who write these stories would apply just a little bit of imagination to them isn't asking too much, is it?
     
  22. C DM macrumors Nehalem

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    It's been used across petty much all news and media reports for quite a while and has been essentially a fairly well established common nickname for it all for some time. Not really much more to read into than a shape in a cloud.
     
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    And yet, the architecture can be and has been described in so many more useful and interesting ways.

    https://www.architectural-review.co...rtino-usa-by-foster-partners/10006315.article

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/10/entertainment/la-ca-applehq-20110911

    http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/apples-new-headquarters

    Might be time to dial back the Jobs RDF just a little.
     
  24. C DM, Jan 12, 2017
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    Or just not assigning some specific bias to something that has plenty more simplistic aspects to it. Seems like it's all just much ado about nothing with a pinch of Occam's razor.
     
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    Sorry, that made no sense at all.
     

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