In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s design chief Jony Ive has spoken again about the company’s new headquarters, Apple Park, while also sharing some information that had previously not been made available.
While the piece, which is the cover story for WSJ Magazine’s August issue, did not confirm when Apple Park will be fully up and running, Ive did say that his design team was expected to arrive on-site this fall and will likely be one of the last teams to move over from the company’s old Cupertino HQ.
Throughout the piece, one thing continues to be as clear as day and that is the fact that Ive was determined Apple’s new Apple Park campus would make it as easy for people to walk everywhere. Apple’s new home has four floors in an attempt to remove the need for elevators, and moving between departments and offices is as easy as could be thanks to the circular, connected design.
In fact, Ive takes great pride in how everything was thought of ahead of time, taking offence at the suggestion that things only occurred to him, and Apple, when the need arose.
Ive takes offense at the idea that he hasn’t already thought of every detail during the years of planning Apple Park. He scoffs at an article claiming that Apple contributed to a tree shortage in the Bay Area by buying up so many plants for the campus, “as if we’d got to the end of our project and we thought, Oh, we’d better plant some trees.” Apple began working with an arborist years ago to source trees, including varieties that once made up the bountiful orchards of Silicon Valley; more than 9,000, many of them drought-resistant, will have been planted by the time the campus is finished.
Predictably, Ive comes across as a perfectionist, but one who takes great pride in Apple Park and the fact that it will be Apple’s home for years to come. The full article can be read on the Wall Street Journal’s website, and if you have a spare five minutes, we heartily recommend you give it a read.
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