Late last year Apple purchased a 98-acre campus from Hewlett Packard, in Cupertino. On Tuesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, explained Apple’s plans to the Cupertino City Council. Here’s what the new 4-story building holding 12,000 employees will look like, when it’s completed in 2015. (updated with new photos)
As Steve describes it:
“It’s a pretty amazing building. 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. We’ve used our experience making retail buildings all over the world now, and we know how to make the biggest pieces of glass in the world for architectural use. And, we want to make the glass specifically for this building here. We can make it curve all the way around the building… It’s pretty cool.”
The current campus has 3,700 trees and Apple plans to increase that to more than 6,000 trees, including “some apricot orchards.” It will be 80% landscaping, with most of the parking underground, compared to 20% landscaping with all above ground parking currently.
Apple also plans to build its own energy generation facility using natural gas, with the electricity grid as a backup.