Apple's New Campus Features a Spaceship-Shaped Building

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In the spirit of technology, Apple's new "Apple Park" campus in Cupertino, California feels something like a futuristic spaceship brought down to Earth. While the park opened back in April, the new iPhone X release event yesterday offered a more in-depth glimpse at the distinctive architecture so carefully chosen by the tech giant.

Apple Park is a 175-acre campus for employees that was envisioned by Steve Jobs and architecture firm Foster + Partners. The 2.8 million-square-foot main building, constructed in the shape of a ring, features the world's largest panels of curved glass, which feels very UFO-like (but in the best way possible).

Here's what else we've learned about the otherworldly campus:

New releases are presented in the Steve Jobs Theater.

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The new Steve Jobs Theater is a 1,000-seat auditorium sitting atop a hill. It overlooks meadows and the main building.

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Yesterday, journalists got a peek inside. The theater appears to echo the round themes found in the main building — even the lighting is installed at a curve.

Apple Park was built with the environment in mind.

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There are parklands that offer two miles of walking and running paths for employees, as well as an orchard, a meadow, and a pond. The construction of Apple Park replaced 5 million square feet of asphalt and concrete with grassy fields and over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees. Powered by 100 percent renewable energy, Apple Park will run one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world and is the world's largest naturally ventilated building that's projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year.

Apple Park's ring shape is intended to foster creativity and collaboration.

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"Connecting extraordinarily advanced buildings with rolling parkland creates a wonderfully open environment for people to create, collaborate, and work together," Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, said.

Soon you'll be able to visit Apple Park yourself.

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A visitors center with an Apple Store and cafe is in the works.

Apple isn't just a leader in tech, but also a leader in thought. We'll be watching to see if Apple's new HQ encourages other companies to make similar choices with their spaces.