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Steve Jobs proposes giant, ring-shaped office at old HP site

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]













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  1. ggarthe

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Love the plans, but...

    after watching the video and listening to the council members, if I was a resident of Cupertino I wouldn't be going to work this morning, I would be out collecting signatures to start a recall effort for every one of those people, especially Kris Wang. I've never seen or heard such childish and inappropriate behavior from a body of government (except Federal, of course).

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Say what you will about Jobs...

    ...but he's as savvy a businessman as they get. Love the way he handled the "free WiFi" and retail store bits. And how he gently but not so subtly threatened to leave Cupertino. Ohh and you can bet he knew all about the councillors, like Mahoney being a 35-year employee with Hewlett Packard.

  1. sapridyne

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    Goobers

    I agree with ggarthe -- knowing that these people are running Cupertino doesn't attract me to their city. Dumb questions -- especially the guy who asked if the building was going to be safe. Really?

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  1. worksafe

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -35

    Another Apple Gamble

    Looks like a super sized Roulette Wheel. Is Apple getting into Gambling as well

  1. Tanker10a

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +19

    A True Citizen of Cupertino!

    This MAN is simply AMAZING!
    The Council Members should feel way beyond lucky to have Apple's loyalty given what corporations and politicians are doing today across the states...
    For a 2015 time-table, God, I sure hope that SJ lives long enough to see his dream building above the ground and be able to walk a full circle around it at least once.

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  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -11

    there is only an entrance...

    once your in, there is no way out!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +13

    the only reason anybody knows where Cupertino is..

    is due to Apple being there. That's not at all to say the city council should just roll over for him but they should be thrilled that they have the HQ of the 2nd most valuable company in the world in their town.

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +12

    walk a full circle...

    Balmer might take the walk seven times and then blow his horn....

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Love his presentation format

    Sounds like a keynote!

  1. typesetterX

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    The Kanamits

    This is truly spectacular architecture and especially for Apple, but someone should make sure the Kanamits haven't arrived.

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