Apple today shared new photos from within the currently under construction Campus 2 (via Mashable), as well as previously unknown details about the site set to become the company’s new headquarters when construction completes early next year.
The most impressive shots and most of the new details surround the on-site auditorium separate from the main building, where the company will indeed hold future press events. That was expected, but Mashable seems to have gotten the inside scoop from Apple and notes the company is calling the auditorium “Theatre” internally and that it will be “the new stage where Apple will publicly debut its products to the media and, ultimately, the world.”
We already knew the underground auditorium, or the “Theatre” as Apple is calling it, will take up around 120,000 square-feet and hold approximately 1,000 seats.
And Apple shared some details on that impressive circular roof that we see from the accompanying photos it recently lifted into place on the above ground entrance portion for the Theatre. Apple said it’s the “largest freestanding carbon-fiber roof ever made,” weighing 80 tons and built in Dubai before being shipped to Cupertino:
But perhaps the most stunning addition is its roof, which Apple believes is the largest freestanding carbon-fiber roof ever made. Created by Dubai-based Premier Composite Technologies, it’s a massive statement piece, in addition to a design feat. But please, Apple doesn’t want you to call it a UFO. The roof was added to the Theatre last month… The circular roof is made up of 44 identical radial panels averaging 70 feet long and 11 feet wide, and each connects to a small central hub positioned in the middle… It was assembled and tested in a Dubai desert before being shipped in pieces to Cupertino, California. It weighs 80 tons.
Apple also noted that around 900 of a total 3,000 46-foot-long glass panels have been installed at the new campus, for which it had to build custom machines it named “manipulators”. Here’s a look at the machines in action:
Once it completes the finishing touches, the entrance of the Theatre will look something like the render below from Apple:
As always, we’re keeping track of the latest photos, drone flyovers, news and more surrounding the Campus 2 project in our ongoing construction progress timeline.