The campus is striking to see up close or in drone flyover videos — it's a giant property that will accommodate about 14,000 employees, starring a massive circular building in the middle of a 175-acre space that will eventually be covered in trees.
But as much new office space as Apple is building for its new "spaceship" campus, it actually built more square footage at Apple Park for employees to park their cars.
This stunning factoid comes from a recent story in The Economist looking at the negative externalities associated with free parking.
For 14,000 workers, Apple is building almost 11,000 parking spaces. Many cars will be tucked under the main building, but most will cram into two enormous garages to the south. Tot up all the parking spaces and the lanes and ramps that will allow cars to reach them, and it is clear that Apple is allocating a vast area to stationary vehicles. In all, the new headquarters will contain 318,000 square metres of offices and laboratories. The car parks will occupy 325,000 square metres.
The Economist points out that Apple was required by Cupertino city law to provide ample parking when building its new headquarters. Companies building offices are required to provide a parking analysis to illustrate "enough parking is available to meet the parking requirements."
One guide on the Cupertino website indicates that one new parking space is required for every 285 square feet of office space.
Apple has done a lot to mitigate the visual and traffic effects of all these cars. Most of Apple Park's parking will be underground, underneath the campus, aside from two massive above ground parking garages near the highway.