Employees began to move into the new Apple Park headquarters campus in late 2017. At a cost of over $5 billion, the most expensive building in the US, the complex will eventually house 12,000 employees in a giant glass doughnut-shaped “spaceship” of nearly 3 million square feet. There is no public access, so unless you are calling on business, you will be directed to the Apple Park Visitor Center that offers guests a place to learn, explore, shop, sip coffee, and glimpse the campus from a roof-top terrace. Apple docents armed with iPads offer virtual reality peeks into the tantalizing structure across the street.
The former HQ at One Infinite Loop, a short distance away on the other side of Highway 280, was built in 1993 and for years served as a shrine to the legions of Apple faithful who made the pilgrimage to the Mother Ship. Purists complain that it hasn’t been the same since Clarus the Dogcow with her “Moof” and other life-size early Mac icons were excised from the front lawn. The original company store continues to serve employees and visitors at this location.
This Point of Interest (POI) is included in the itinerary Silicon Valley: Day Tripping to a State of Mind & Fabled Garages