Apple has shared some updates on its ongoing construction of its new campus, scheduled for completion in January 2017.
Alongside new building renderings, the company shared pictures with Mashable on the progress being made on its “Theatre” complex, the new area where they plan on holding future product events. Due to space issues with their current campus, Apple typically rents out buildings for its press launches at venues such as the Moscone Centre in San Francisco.
Designed by U.K.-based architect firm Foster+Partner, the new underground theatre occupies around 120,000 square feet and can reportedly take around 1,000 people. The cylinder-shaped lobby at ground level matches the main campus building and is encased in glass which provides visitors with a 360 view of the surrounding area.
The 80 ton roof which Apple believes is the largest freestanding carbon fibre roof ever made, was created by Dubai-based Premier Composite Technologies. It was assembled and tested in a Dubai desert before being shipped in pieces to Cupertino, California. 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.