Architectural Details: How the World’s Largest Curved Windows Were Forged for Apple Park

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook looks over the production process; image via    seele   .

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook looks over the production process; image via seele.

Apple’s new 2.8-million-square-foot headquarters in Cupertino, California, claims to currently hold the world record for the largest curved glass panels used on any building to date. Over 3,000 sheets of glass wrap the spaceship-like design by Foster + Partners, making it one of the most unique glazed structures on the planet. It’s no wonder a project like this would seek such high standards in terms of building-products: Apple is, after all, known for the extreme minimalism and design precision of its products.

To achieve such a level of architectural quality on the tech giant's largest building yet, the architecture firm — which Apple calls on frequently to design its cutting-edge stores — had to envision the building as not only a project, but a product, as well. It was vital for the structure to communicate the company’s goals to the world and encapsulate Apple’s reputation for innovative detail-oriented design.

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