Apple Park Restaurant Doors, Cupertino, USA
Apple’s new company headquarters is an exceptional facility that places maximum demands on design and construction. seele’s brief for this project also required the façade construction specialist to provide two sliding façade elements, each one 16m high and 28m wide. Transparency, design and minimalism are the key features of Apple’s new company headquarters designed by Foster + Partners. The restaurant with its huge, curved, sliding façade elements in steel and glass is the central meeting place at Apple Park, with seating for 4,000 employees. The design and construction of the façade elements was both challenging and remarkable, as each sliding element measures 16 x 28m and weighs 180t.
Motors and a special drive mechanism allow these two gigantic glass “doors” to be opened or closed in 12 minutes – and particularly quietly as well. The façade elements run on rails following the 232m radius of the building with a noise level of less than 40dB. There are two drives per element, and the electric motors and transmission mechanisms are installed in the basement. Besides meeting the specification for moving these façade elements, seele also had to comply with California’s stringent earthquake requirements. Being able to secure the elements in any position at any time called for ingenious drive and locking systems.
16 x 28m per sliding element 180t per moving façade 12 minutes for opening or closing
|General contractor||Apple Inc.|
|Architect||Foster + Partners|
|Date of completion||2017|
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