Apple’s new $US5 billion headquarters, Apple Park, is a stunning piece of architecture that has captured the entire world’s imagination.
But as the late Apple founder Steve Jobs once said, “design is how it works.”
In the case of Apple Park, “how it works” is that thousands of employees drive to work every day, and they need somewhere to park. Guests and other people who have meetings at Apple need to get in and out efficiently, without wandering into areas with confidential information.
This could lead to traffic jams. But according to a new dashcam video posted by a Lyft driver, Apple Park has a highly efficient system of turns, underground tunnels, and LED lighting. It’s a little reminiscent of how airports direct traffic – fitting, given that the unofficial nickname for Apple Park is the “spaceship” and it looks like it could take off at any point.
At one point, you see an underground intersection complete with traffic lights. But since it’s Apple, the lights are horizontally mounted and embedded into stark white fixtures.
Check out the video:
Apple Park is so large that when businessmen or job applicants need to visit, they are provided with a detailed emailed reservation, that includes the exact entrance, the name of their contact, and a big picture of Apple Park. This picture, (only without Tim Cook in front):
Apple CEO Tim Cook told shareholders in February that they wouldn’t get a chance to sign up for Apple Park tours because “we have so much confidential stuff around.” That’s why Apple built an Apple store across the street – for tourists.
But with Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC, coming up in June, many developers are hoping to see the actual campus and get a tour, if they’re important enough.
For everyone else, there’s YouTube and Instagram.
Check out some of the highlights of the video below:
There are tunnels leading underground scattered around the campus.
The numbers are reminiscent of airport terminals.
Wonder what the thinking behind the purple LED lighting is.
Check out Apple’s traffic lights.
The road between the two above-ground parking garages feels urban.
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