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Captain6283185
Level 19 : Journeyman Architect
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This was an attempt to create Apple's "spaceship" campus, Apple Park (also known as Apple Campus 2), in Minecraft. I started the project on December 28th, 2015, and I successfully finished it on April 4th of this year (2017). What drew me to this is my appreciation for end to end design and a crazy idea in my head that said "Hey let's build the world's curviest campus in a video game based on cubes." It features everything the real campus does save the underground parking garage, from a fully furnished fitness center (complete with yoga mats, saunas, treadmills, and more) to an absolutely massive central ring. Anyways, here are a few key points of interest:

-It's a 1:1 full scale replica
-It's massive
-This is built entirely by hand (no mods)
-It took 413 hours.
-It's terrain-accurate, based off topographical maps of Cupertino and the official landscaping plans
-Each hill, path, and orchard are true to the construction plans, down the the placement of each handcrafted cherry tree.
-All the general areas are fully furnished (so, the fitness center, atriums, cafes, maintenance building, Glendenning Barn, everywhere but the office space)
-There are 28 cafes spread throughout main building, plus 2 outdoor cafes, 1 (presumably healthy) cafe in the fitness center, and of course the main cafeteria.
-A megabuild is any Minecraft build utilizing at least one million blocks (people kept wondering).

It's the voxel equivalent of fine pixel art, on a scale I don't believe has ever been done before. To put it into perspective, the surface area alone of the campus (excluding phase 2) is 153 acres, or 620,000 square meters (a block in Minecraft is 1 cubic meter).

Download note: This was built one an Xbox One. I incorrectly assumed I'd be able to transfer the save file to my computer upon completion to share it with you guys. Unfortunately, after hours of finagling, angry words, and even some rudimentary hard drive hacking, I was unable to retrieve it. Curse you Microsoft and your determination to prevent people from hacking their save files! If anyone is skilled in hacking or works for Microsoft in a relevant area, I'd value your help in retrieving the file to share with the Minecraft community.
Credit:My friend Joedub, for assistance with some of the finer design elements
Progress: 100% Complete

Update #11 : 04/10/2017 12:10:54 am4/10/17

Uploaded a new video showcasing the project as a whole. I'm rather proud of it.

Update #10 : 04/04/2017 11:41:35 pm4/04/17

Finished.

Update #9 : 04/04/2017 2:57:13 pm4/04/17

Finished the entire interior of the fitness center, began terraforming the last undeveloped area (the area between and around the Steve Jobs Theater and media entrance. The project will be finished by the end of the day, and from there I'll spend a few days transferring the file from my console to my computer and preparing a higher quality video to share with you all.

Fun fact: in the last month (March 3rd to April 4th) I've worked an average of 5.5 hours a day on this. Accounting for some absences over spring break, this is essentially a full time job. Perks of dropping out of college, I suppose. Too much free time.

Update #8 : 04/02/2017 11:16:30 pm4/02/17

Still busy at it. Spent 14.25 hours working on it yesterday. Finished the terrain region stretching from the fitness center across the northern edge around to the bus stop. Built Glendenning Barn, the cafeteria patio area (both inside and outside the ring, incl. furnishings), smoothed all the footpaths on campus with half blocks for easier travel, and more. Honestly, I expect to finish this with a mere 20 more hours of work (or less), unless I make any further additions or design changes.

Update #7 : 03/30/2017 3:29:44 pm3/30/17

Finished the terrain on the eastern side of campus, connecting the visitor parking area the main road, and the fitness center together and to the main ring.

Update #6 : 03/27/2017 7:14:09 pm3/27/17

Built the Steve Jobs theater entrance. I decided against building the auditorium area, because the angle it's at (it points SSW) is hard to reproduce on Minecraft in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

Update #5 : 03/26/2017 2:26:38 pm3/26/17

Installed about 40 acres of terrain, with around 60 acres left to complete.

Update #4.1 : 03/15/2017 2:19:11 pm3/15/17

Uploaded the photos from update 4, thanks for waiting! (I also apologize for posting an update about the previous update, and won't do it again. Every update I post on here will be to share notable progress, which should happen a few more times this month as I finish up). Thanks for subscribing!

Update #4 : 03/12/2017 7:23:02 pm3/12/17

In the midst of a marathon binge to finish the campus once and for all. Apple announced they would be opening the campus in April, and I intend to beat them. In the last 9 days I've put in 47 hours of building time. Just finished a major addition, the southern parking garage area. They're too long to render on one screen, so I took a picture from one end. Visible from left to right are: the tunnel entrance, terrace, both parking garages, the maintenance shed, the power plant, and the battery storage area.

Update #3 : 02/14/2017 4:43:17 pm2/14/17

Dug out entrance tunnel. Finished the interior and roofed it over. Also created a quick video preview of the campus so far.

Update #2 : 02/08/2017 10:35:10 pm2/08/17

Finished the athletic center and fields, photo attached. Also did a tiny bit of work on the main entrance road on the west side that leads to the tunnel, and I'm deciding whether I want to just build the tunnel entrance or dig the whole tunnel through to the parking garages.

Update #1 : 11/04/2016 12:40:10 pm11/04/16

Reached 200 hour milestone. I'm nearly finished with the interior park, with only the NE orchard left to plant. I'm currently putting a lot of time into digging out the northern edge of the property, which has the lowest elevation. It's times like this that I regret committing to no mods.

Most importantly, I updated the photos to give you a closer look at the atriums, cafeteria, interior park cafes, bus stop, and the fountain. Dig in!

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  • sin1233
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • September 13, 2017, 5:37 am
[code]Please send the map to this email.
[email protected]
[/code][code]Thank you very much.
(p.s.There may be many typos because Korean)[/code]
  • sin1233
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • September 13, 2017, 5:38 am
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you've done a brilliant job, excellent work. I look forward to loading this up one day and experiencing this epic build :-)
How can I download it? Please answer me!

Dany_Musica
Unfortunately, it's not available for download. Read the download note at the end of the description, and that should explain everything for you.
Ok Thanks
Good job so far, I think it looks great! I am sorry to hear about the limits on transferring the world. I don't know if you looked at this site (https://marc.tv/export-xbox-360-minecraft-maps-to-mac-or-pc/) but it might help you. Hope it works out!
  • GNwork
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • April 2, 2017, 7:28 pm
Great job!
  • igbcampos
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • March 1, 2017, 5:45 am
Your building is completely awesome, I've loved it.
  • maccast
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 15, 2017, 9:09 am
This looks great so far. Look forward to seeing the completed project keep up the good work.
Thanks so much! I know this campus like the back of my hand now, I just need to finish building it.
help me! I am the first time on this site. How to download this file?
  • cali-buzz
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Architect
  • February 8, 2017, 6:37 pm
Been Looking for something like this for months!!
Great Job
Also can you put this up for download

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