Apple Campus 2 'Theatre' Features Largest Freestanding Carbon-Fiber Roof Ever Made

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    Apple's progress on its second campus has been tracked by drone videos and ongoing construction updates, but the company recently gave Mashable details on the new location, sharing impressive photos and inside information on the main ring-shaped structure and surrounding buildings like the auditorium.

    As we know, Apple's new campus features massive curved glass windows to give the building an open feel. Outfitting the campus in curved glass requires 3,000 panels, each of which is 46 feet long and 10.5 feet wide, and getting those panels into place required Apple to build custom machines it calls "Manipulators."

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    Mashable got a first look at the "Theatre," the 120,000 square-foot underground auditorium where Apple will host future events. Designed to seat 1,000 people, the Theatre lobby is made of glass that offers 360-degree views of the campus with stairs down to the event area. According to Apple, the roof is the most impressive part of the auditorium. It weighs 80 tons and was assembled in Dubai before being shipped in pieces to California.

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    There are many unique elements included in Apple's second campus, and a 60,000 square-foot restaurant inside the ring-shaped building is no exception. Designed to house 2,800 employees inside and 1,200 on an outside patio, the restaurant will feature two glass doors that are four stories high.

    Apple expects construction on its campus to be finished at the end of 2016, which is right on schedule. Tim Cook said in a past interview that employees will begin moving into the building in January of 2017.

    The full set of photos from Apple Campus 2 are available over at Mashable and are worth checking out for those interested in a close-up look at the new campus.

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    Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith opening this building, wearing black suits and sunglasses...

    That would be epic!
     
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    I wonder why they chose carbon fibre for the roof instead of traditional materials? It would be far more expensive! Internal acoustics?
     
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    They could have gone to NASA or someone for the fiber.
     
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    Where's the clandestine drone camera footage with jump cuts every 10 seconds and the dub-step accompaniment? I'm calling fake.

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    the pictures on mashable are awesome. Maybe I will get myself out there next year when open.
     
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    Carbon fiber has a much better strength to size ratio; allowing apple to get a much thinner roof, that is much lighter, and needs fewer supports due to its strength. We all know how Apple enjoys thinness. :)
     
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    "But please, Apple doesn't want you to call it a UFO."

    ... is what Apple says but...

    ... c'mon. People are going it a UFO. ;)
     
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    Good thing they don't have tornados in Cupertino... that thing could really get goin'!
     
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    Being in the construction industry it is to me :)
     
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    Anything is better than the broom closet on their current campus.
     
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    or General Mills, their Fiber One is very high in fiber.
     
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    "The circular roof is made up of 44 identical radial panels averaging 70 feet long and 11 feet wide"

    I don't get this. If the 44 panels are identical, why would they cite "average" length and width.
     
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    They are pie shaped, so guessing that the width is what is averaged.
     
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    The glass walls have to carry the weight of the roof since there are not internal pillars. Certainly made easier the lighter the roof structure is.

    EDIT: As iamgalt mentioned, thinness might be another factor.
     
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    That will collapse with grace and beauty when the big one hits.

    Apple is sparing no expense.
     
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    Imagine how many barrels of glass cleaner the custodians will go through per year.
     
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    Happy to oblige, here you go!
     
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    If ever an image is crying out to be photoshopped...
     
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    And they will replace the roof once a year for an even thinner one
     
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    Holy Frisbee toss, Batman!
     
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    They don't want us to call it a UFO and thus they're calling it "Independence Day Theater", just to be sure there's no confusion.
     
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    Ever see the 1983 miniseries, "V"?

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