Elevated foundations in apple park to prevent earthquakes


Apple's 5 billion dollar campus, often referred to as Apple Park or 'the spaceship' has an interesting design choice so as to protect the massive building's foundation from natural disasters such as earthquakes.


The 'spaceship' sits on nearly 700 "huge stainless steel saucers" and not the surface of the earth. In the event of an earthquake, the campus is able to shift up to four feet on those saucers.


In an interview with The New York Times, Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, said earthquake preparedness was an essential component of the building's design. Ive said the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs was inspired by Japanese building design, which led to the way the campus has been constructed.


With more than $5 billion invested and over 12,000 employees working on the campus, it comes with features like four-story glass windows and a detached 1,000-person theatre for product announcements. It even produces its own electricity, powered by a solar-panel-covered roof.


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