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Just south of Mountain View and west of San Jose lies the Californian city of Cupertino. Though it has a population of less than 60,000, it’s where you’ll soon find the Apple Campus 2, the new headquarters of tech goliath Apple. The area is currently a massive construction zone, but last week two drone flyovers revealed what’s cooking underneath the dust.

Both are impressive, and highlight how quickly the spaceship-like project, scheduled for completion before the end of the year, is coming together. The first reveals that solar panel installation is now about 40 percent complete, and shows what the roofed auditorium looks like. It also showcases the campus’ absolutely massive 100,000-square-foot fitness center.

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The second video reverentially begins with an audio clip of Jonathan Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, thanking Steve Jobs “for [his] remarkable vision, which has united and inspired this extraordinary group of people.” It points out the site’s underground auditorium, landscape markers, walking trails and cranes — many, many cranes.

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But what’s perhaps most obvious from both videos is the sheer size of the campus. While its main function will be to house Apple’s headquarters, the Apple Campus 2 is meant to be a city-sized community where company employees can live, play, socialize and work. The 176-acre site’s other features will include:

  • 2.8 million square feet of office space
  • Parking garages with room for 11,000 vehicles
  • A subterranean 1,000-seat “Apple Theater” auditorium

Of course, while the Apple Campus 2 is an architectural and technological feat, it does have a downside. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that the California tech boom created by Apple and other companies continues to cause affordability problems in cities like San Francisco — reports show that the Bay Area’s middle class is being driven away, and some have argued that the “strange” may be gone from San Francisco (it’s not — trust us). Some food for thought as you marvel at the campus. 

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