updated 06:55 am EDT, Wed June 8, 2011
Apple plans spaceship-like second campus
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has proposed a giant, ring-shaped office at the old HP location. Not long after emceeing the WWDC opening presentation, Jobs fronted the Cupertino City Council to sell Apple's plans to transform the HP's former site. It was a slightly more subdued Steve Jobs who talked about his connection to the site based on childhood experiences of it and his vision for it. Like all things Apple, the design of the building is stunning. It's appearance is not unlike that of an alien "mothership" and is designed to hold 12,000 employees.
During his presentation, Jobs told the council that Apple had pulled together "some great architects ... some of the best in the world" to come up with a design that encompassed Apple. "There's not a single straight piece of glass in this building," Jobs said. Jobs added that Apple was able to achieve this design based on its knowledge of building Apple stores throughout the world and its particular experience in employing large pieces of glass in them.
The four-story building hides an underground car park so as to preserve Apple's plans to enhance the natural beauty of the property. Even though the building appears large, it will actually reduce the building footprint on the site by 30 percent from what it is now. Apple will also turn the site from 20 percent landscape as it stands, to 80 percent landscape after the revamp.
"We do have a shot at building the best office building in the world," Jobs told the Council members, "Architecture students will come here to see this."
Pending council approval, Apple aims to move into the campus by 2015. [via Tech Crunch]