Apple's 'Spaceship' HQ: 10 Cool Things You Should Know

Apple is planning to build a "spaceship" headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., and that building has several features you would love to hear about.

Apple plans to build a new headquarters to replace its current building in Cupertino, Calif. That building, which Steve Jobs called a site that looks like a "spaceship has just landed," was initially planned to be opened in 2015, but will actually not open its doors until 2016, due to some delays on Cupertino's environmental impact study.

Still, the Spaceship, as it has become known, is shaping up to be one of the most impressive buildings in the entire technology industry. The building will be circular and house many more Apple employees than the company's current headquarters. Plus, it'll be extremely energy-efficient, making good on Apple's promise to become more "green" in the coming years.

Simply put, the upcoming Apple headquarters looks to be a massive feat that will set the standard for all corporate headquarters. We've heard a lot about Google's Mountain View, Calif., campus; soon enough, we'll be hearing about Apple's Spaceship.

Read on to find out about some of the cool things that will make the Spaceship so interesting.

1. It's massive

Apple's Spaceship will take a long time to build. Wondering why? According to Apple's own plans for the building, it will span 2.8 million square feet, making it one of the largest structures in the world. It'll have everything from a fitness center to a cafeteria to office space.

2. Apple plans to plant 7,000 trees

Apple has committed to making the new campus as environmentally friendly as possible. To do so, the company says that 80 percent of the space will be landscaped and feature 7,000 trees, dramatically increasing the number of trees currently on the land.

3. It'll house more than 14,000 employees

Apple's current headquarters is rather small. However, the new building will be able to accommodate more than 14,000 employees without any trouble, according to Apple's internal plans—thousands more than the company's current headquarters.

4. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was behind it

It's no surprise after examining the Spaceship that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away last year, was behind it. The models currently on display show a building that is a true architectural feat. And if it comes out looking the way it does in those models, it'll be awfully good-looking. Sounds like Jobs, doesn't it?

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...