Feast your eyes on nearly-complete iSpaceship in jaw-dropping drone footage

By , Jul 1, 2016

Apple Campus 2 June 2016 update

YouTubers Duncan Sinfield and Matthew Roberts have both posted their respective 4K aerial shots of the construction progress being made at Apple’s Campus 2 site. The main building, also known as iSpaceship due to its seamless circular appearance, looks near-complete.

Featuring jaw-dropping 4K footage captured via a drone, we can clearly see that work on the upcoming stunning headquarters has progressed rapidly in the past few weeks.

Gimme the videos

Here’s Matthew’s clip, captured using a DJI Phantom 3 Professional.

And this is Duncan’s drone view of iSpaceship.

You can read the description of the changes below.

What’s the latest on iSpaceship?

During May 2016, Apple continued installing solar panels on the roof and almost completed work on the parking structures and tunnels. The underground auditorium and the fitness center were mid-development while the heating/cooling systems, solar panels and the canopies were in the process of being installed.

In just one month, a notable progress has been made at the site

Here are your takeaways for iSpaceship’s June 2016 update:

  • Underground facilities, including two-story garages with more than 14,000 parking spaces, have progresses nicely since last month. A vast network of massive tunnels will connect those underground facilities and garages.
  • Off-site 100,000 square feet fitness center is nearing completion, too.
  • Entrance into Apple’s beautifully contracted underground auditorium where future press and corporate events will take place is being covered with more foam, indicating there will probably be an outdoor plaza on the ground level.
  • New off-site buildings have popped up along Lantau Avenue, most likely additional research and development facilities.
  • Apple has started planting trees. Landscaping on the campus will use over 7,000 trees, some indigenous. Heavy machinery can be seen near a massive pile of dirt leftover from construction. It will be used for landscaping.
  • The exterior of the research and development facility looks nearly complete.
  • Heating, ventilating and air conditioning is now visible before solar panels are fully installed on the roof. The campus will utilize air vents for 70 percent of heating and cooling year round, with solar capacity pegged at sixteen megawatts of power. An additional four megawatts of power will be supplied by fuel cells running on biogas for a total of twenty megawatts of power, which is enough to power the equivalent of over 3,000 homes.
  • These solar panels and fuel cells will generate three-quarters of iSpaceship’s required power, with the rest provided by renewable energy supplier First Solar.

All told, construction looks to be progressing on schedule.

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Work on the 176-acre site began in 2014.

The UFO-shaped building will use four-thousand pieces of curved glass and, when finished, will file as the largest office building in the world. Apple anticipates moving in about 13,000 employees by early 2017.

Are you excited for Apple’s stunning new headquarters?

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  • Ángel Javier Esquivel

    The second one with Blockbuster Film Grading tho

  • So there’s the building I helped finance

  • Timothy

    I found Duncan’s video near-unwatchable. The constant camera panning meant that everything had motion blur, and was pretty dizzying; the color saturation and balance were way off the mark, and it went by much too quickly. Matthew’s video was great, though!
    What is all that foam for? Is it just for some component of the construction, or will it stay there permanently?

  • Loke1988

    Hopefully with all those tools they can make something I want to buy again. Is it just me or has anyone else had a meh reaction for a few years now?

  • iByron

    I’m glad you warned me ahead of time. I managed to position my face over a down featherbed so when my jaw dropped it had a soft landing.