New Apple HQ's Attention to Detail Is, Frankly, Insane

Is it an 'anal-retentive nightmare of indulgence gone wild'?
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2017 5:06 PM CDT
Travel Inside Apple's Singular New HQ
Apple CEO Tim Cook, discusses the new Apple campus at an event to announce new products at Apple headquarters Monday, March 21, 2016, in Cupertino, Calif.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A glass door four stories tall; nearly 9,000 trees; a cafe with patented box technology to keep pizzas from getting soggy; a two-story yoga room covered in stones specifically distressed to look like those at Steve Jobs' favorite hotel. These are but a few of the features of the new Apple Park in Cupertino. Steven Levy at Wired got a tour of the company's new headquarters, feeling "a bit like one of the passengers on the first ride into Jurassic Park." Jobs, before his death, dreamed of creating "the best office building in the world." The result of that dreaming is a campus that has taken eight years and reportedly $5 billion to build.

The centerpiece to Apple Park is the Ring, a 2.7 million-square-foot glass doughnut. The hyper-obsessive attention to detail that went into the Ring is well-documented—Jobs wanted wood specifically cut in January; door handles and stairway banisters are built into the features so nothing is bolted on—but even the concrete parking garage boasts perfectly rounded corners. And while it's possible this all resulted in that world's-best office building desired by Jobs, it's also possible the Apple founder's architectural legacy is—as Levy puts it—an "anal-retentive nightmare of indulgence gone wild." Read the full story here to get a look at the Ring in all its "what-the-f--- oddity." (More Apple stories.)

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