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Apple's next-gen campus nears launch

The company's new headquarters, dubbed Apple Park, will open to employees in April.

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Construction of Apple's massive spaceship-like headquarters in Cupertino, California, is almost complete. Apple Park is now set to open in April 2017.

"Steve's vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We've achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy."

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Designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, Apple Park will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The site features a 17-megawatt rooftop solar array that Apple says is "one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world."

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Earth imagery satellite company DigitalGlobe collected photos over the course of the high-profile construction process, capturing a birds-eye view of the futuristic new complex. This image shows construction at the site in August 2012.

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This image shows construction at the site in December 2013.

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This image shows construction at the site in April 2014.

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Apple's new headquarters under construction in 2014.

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Another view of construction at the site in Cupertino, California.

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This image shows construction at the site in November 2014.

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This image shows construction at the site in September 2015.

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This image shows construction at the site in September 2016. Apple Park will reclaim miles of paved sprawl and transform it into a more natural and park-like green space in the crowded Santa Clara Valley.

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"Steve was exhilarated, and inspired, by the California landscape, by its light and its expansiveness. It was his favorite setting for thought. Apple Park captures his spirit uncannily well," said Laurene Powell Jobs. "He would have flourished, as the people of Apple surely will, on this luminously designed campus."

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Apple's 'spaceship' campus Apple Park lands in April

The futuristic campus will have a giant ring-shaped building covered in glass and a theater named after former CEO Steve Jobs.

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