Compared to Google's open and accessible Mountain View headquarters design, Apple's planned Campus 2 seems a relatively private affair. However, new architectural plans reveal that the tech giant's new HQ will feature a visitor's center with viewing platform open to the general public.

The Silicon Valley Business Journal was the first to notice that updated architectural plans for Apple's Campus 2 filed a few months ago include a separate two-story glass-walled visitor's center building topped by a carbon-fiber roof. The ground floor plan calls for a 2,386 sq ft (221 sq m) cafe and a 10,114 sq ft (939 sq m) store, presumably chock full of Apple products.


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Stairs and elevators will lead to the roof level, approximately 23 ft (7 m) high, which will boast a viewing platform that will allow visitors to take a nosey at the new spaceship-like digs. Parking for the visitor's center will comprise of a 684 capacity underground carpark, with elevators offering access into the visitor's center. A large screen will boost privacy for a nearby housing community.

The opening hours of the visitor's center will be 7 am to 7 pm weekdays, and 9 am to 7 pm on weekends.

Sources: Silicon Valley Business Journal, Cupertino