Watch Apple Park's massive motorized cafeteria doors open in this video

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Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a rare glimpse at Apple Park's inner workings on Wednesday with a video showing off the facility's cafeteria doors, two massive, motorized floor-to-ceiling glass panels that slide open for natural building ventilation.

Apple Park


Cook presented the time lapse video in a tweet, saying, "Lunchtime at Apple Park just got a whole lot more exciting."

Lunchtime at Apple Park just got a whole lot more exciting pic.twitter.com/GJFcOsIB4C

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook)


The twin doors were among the first features to be installed at Apple Park's main "spaceship" building, as the panels serve not only as an entryway into the cafeteria, but protection from the elements. As seen in a drone flyover in January, the glass doors cover a significant portion of the structure's perimeter.

Cook's video is one of the first to show a first-hand look at the impressive architectural feature. Whether the doors were operational prior to this week is unknown, though Apple has touted the mechanism in the past. The company currently offers a sneak peek at the doors in motion as part of a comprehensive ARKit presentation at its Apple Park visitor center.

Apple uses similar structures -- and copious amounts of glass -- at its retail outlets to eliminate artificial barriers between interior and exterior spaces. The company's San Francisco flagship, for example, achieves a wide-open effect with sliding glass doors similar to those employed at Apple Park. Visitors to Apple's Dubai store, meanwhile, can gain access to a large balcony through carbon fiber "solar wings" that open and close depending on weather conditions.

Apple Park, previously referred to as "Campus 2," was first unveiled by late company co-founder Steve Jobs in 2011. Construction of the massive campus began in 2014 with the demolition of standing structures on the site once owned by Hewlett-Packard.

Apple revealed Apple Park as the official name of its new headquarters early in 2017, saying at the time it expected all 12,000 employees to be moved in by year's end. Workers were still making the migration in February when Apple Park became Apple's official corporate address, though the move-in process has since completed.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    tyler82tyler82 Posts: 863member
    Who let all these flies in??
    radarthekatking editor the gratejbdragon
  • Reply 2 of 8
    anomeanome Posts: 1,269member
    tyler82 said:
    Who let all these flies in??
    They're engineers. They work here.
    mwhite
  • Reply 3 of 8
    LatkoLatko Posts: 382member
    Glass walls, staircases, doorknobs, cupboards, thresholds, windowed doors and associated hoopla (and then people smashing their faces into it...)
    I’m not begrudging and everyone should have his own hobby but if this is their fascination I understand what has happened with the Mac industry...
    edited August 2018
  • Reply 4 of 8
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,229member
    Latko said:
    Glass walls, staircases, doorknobs, cupboards, thresholds, windowed doors and associated hoopla (and then people smashing their faces into it...)
    I’m not begrudging and everyone should have his own hobby but if this is their fascination I understand what has happened with the Mac industry...
    It's not a problem. We solved that issue in Florida years ago. You buy small colorful plastic butterflies and dolphins mounted on small springs so they jiggle and they have silicone suckers to attach to the glass door at eye level. Since installing I've stopped walking into the pool door sliders. :)
    Latkoirelandjbdragonjony0
  • Reply 5 of 8
    mike54mike54 Posts: 330member
    I wonder if a new updated mac mini is capable of exiting the spaceship thru that huge door, or maybe it will be just another subscription service.
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  • Reply 6 of 8
    LatkoLatko Posts: 382member
    MacPro said:
    Latko said:
    Glass walls, staircases, doorknobs, cupboards, thresholds, windowed doors and associated hoopla (and then people smashing their faces into it...)
    I’m not begrudging and everyone should have his own hobby but if this is their fascination I understand what has happened with the Mac industry...
    It's not a problem. We solved that issue in Florida years ago. You buy small colorful plastic butterflies and dolphins mounted on small springs so they jiggle and they have silicone suckers to attach to the glass door at eye level. Since installing I've stopped walking into the pool door sliders. :)
    I appreciate your solution and would propose you as the Joni Ive counter-design associate, as you prove what was a bad UX experience in the first place
  • Reply 7 of 8
    irelandireland Posts: 17,585member
    anome said:
    tyler82 said:
    Who let all these flies in??
    They're engineers. They work here.
    Maybe, but they’re flying through the corridors.
  • Reply 8 of 8
    Chris HedlundChris Hedlund Posts: 3unconfirmed, member
    I'm confused - I thought the ring was three stories high...
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