Apple’s spaceship gets OK for takeoff

Tim Grey
21 June, 2011
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Apple’s proposed ‘spaceship’ campus, a giant corporate office capable of housing 12,000 employees, is likely to go ahead, after being roundly welcomed by local mayors in the region.

According to electronista,mayors of neighbouring cities Santa Clara and Sunnyvale commented the new Apple headquarters would ‘bring the whole region up’.

Mayor of Cupertino, Gilbert Wong, already gave the thumbs-up to the development after Steve Jobs himself appeared before the city’s council to detail the plans.

The new headquarters, or ‘mothership,’ will be an unprecedented architectural accomplishment should it go ahead, featuring curved glass around the entire building, natural gas generators on site, acres of regenerated bushland, underground parking for thousands of cars and a café for 3000 people.

“It’s a pretty amazing building,” Jobs told the City Council. “It’s a little like a spaceship landed. It’s got this gorgeous courtyard in the middle…. It’s a circle. It’s curved all the way around. If you build things, this is not the cheapest way to build something. There is not a straight piece of glass in this building. It’s all curved.”

Jobs reportedly came up with the idea for the circular building almost thirty years ago, after purchasing a plot of land in San Jose. The site of the proposed HQ in Cupertino has sentimental value to the Apple CEO: HP previously owned the land, where he began his very first job.

See the video of Jobs’ address to the Cupertino City Council below:

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