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Apple's new "spaceship" headquarters is pretty spectacular

The building will house 12,000 staff.

APPLE’S SPACESHIP HEADQUARTERS is coming along nicely from the looks of it.

A drone was recently flown over the company’s new Cupertino, California, headquarters, which is still currently under construction. From the aerial footage you see just how grand the structure will really be.

The building, a whopping 2.8 million square feet, will house more than 12,000 employees.

It will also feature an additional 300,000 square feet for its research and development facilities and a 120,000-square-foot auditorium, which isn’t attached to the main building, that seats 1,000 people.

Steve Jobs compared the futuristic-looking building, called Apple Campus 2, to a spaceship when he presented the plans for it during a Cupertino City Council meeting in June 2011. The main building is shaped like a ring and features a spacious garden in the center.

It’s also a “net-zero energy” building — meaning that the amount of energy used annually is about equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site — and has 700,000 square feet of solar panels.

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You can see the building taking shape from the video, filmed by drone pilot Duncan Sinfield. Sinfield published a similar video August 1. In the new footage, he shows the construction progress by showing before-and-after shots.

The architectural firm Foster + Partners is behind the design of the building, expected to be complete by the end of 2017.

Check out the new video below:

Duncan Sinfield / YouTube

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