Apple invented a special container to keep the pizza at its new campus from getting soggy

Apple has spared no detail in building its new spaceship-like campus in Cupertino, California — even when it comes to the to-go containers at its cafeteria.

A new Wired piece by Steven Levy got an inside look at Apple Park, a 2.8 million-square-foot behemoth that cost about $5 billion to build. While the entire piece is worth a read, one particular detail stuck out: Apple's patented pizza boxes.

Take a look inside:

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This is Apple Campus 2 from a distance.

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Here's a look a little bit closer.

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The building looks almost completed! Only a few finishing touches needed.

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Here's a peek inside, thanks to leaked photos from Apple.


But the landscaping still has a long way to go. There are still puddles of standing water around the campus.

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Another one, this time in the middle of the ring.

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More mud.

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Good thing that the project has until Q2 to finish landscaping. Here's the latest project schedule.


The auditorium is nearly finished. This is likely where Apple plans to launch the next iPhone or another upcoming product.

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The parking lots are done too. Construction workers are parking in them now.

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Here's a closer look. Those are solar panels on top.

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Vast fields of solar panels on top of a parking structure — smart and environmentally friendly.

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Apple's R&D facilities are done too, and paving parking lots has started.

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Some landscaping has started. Apple has planted these trees, for example, and started to build a path.

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But Apple plants trees differently than most people.


Here's what it should look like when it's done, according to an artist's rendering.

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The boxes are specially designed so that pizzas won't get soggy if employees want to eat back at their desks or save their pizza for later. Apple even went so far as to patent the boxes back in 2010.

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"Elevating the pizza from the bottom surface ensures that any steam that is emitted from the bottom of the pizza can flow away from the bottom of the pizza," Apple's patent states. "Allowing such steam to flow away from the bottom of the pizza prevents moisture from becoming trapped between the pizza and the bottom surface of the container and subsequently reabsorbed by the pizza causing it to get soggy."

Francesco Longoni, head of Apple's food services team, helped Apple design the container, according to Wired.

There are plenty more fascinating details in Levy's story on the new campus. Head over to Wired to read the full piece.

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