Much has been said of Apple Park since employees began moving into the company's new Cupertino headquarters earlier this year. Depending on who you ask, it's stunning, it sucks, or it's something in between.
If you're not an Apple employee, you'll now have the chance to make that judgment for yourself for the first time. While Apple Park has been closed to the public until now, the company announced that it opened its visitor center on Nov. 17. There, every day people can come bask in the enormous campus's glory and have the chance to pay $40 for Apple logo-emblazoned tee shirts.
The center was designed by Foster + Partners, the firm behind the campus's main spaceship-like building. It uses many of the same materials and design elements found in that structure, like quartz stone staircases and huge pieces of curved glass. In the cafe, where visitors can order coffee via iPads, the countertops are cut from the same marble found in the headquarters' three-story, 3,000-seat cafe.
A rooftop terrace above the center offers a view of the spaceship, though it's partially obscured by some of the 9,000 trees planted on the campus. Inside, there's a 11,000-lb. model of the building; hold up an iPad and you'll get an augmented reality tour of the building, which, in all likelihood, is the closest you'll ever get to being inside, since members of the public aren't permitted.
Of course, the visitor center wouldn't be complete without a gift shop. Here, you can buy Apple onesies ($20), or baseball caps that don't have a button on top so your Beats headphones can fit more comfortably ($40).
Employees began transitioning from Apple's old campus to the new one, which cost a reported $5 billion to build, in April. Staff reportedly have not been pleased with the building's open-floor plan, with some teams holding out on moving for fear that it would cut into their productivity.
Apple says the campus will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Seventy-five percent of that energy will be generated onsite, much of it from giant solar panels installed on the roof of the main building.