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Cupertino mayor gives green light to Apple 'Mothership'

updated 10:50 am EDT, Thu June 9, 2011

New headquarters coming one way or another

The mayor of Cupertino, Gilbert Wong, has issued a public statement acknowledging that the city council is backing Apple's new headquarters project, sometimes dubbed the Mothership. "There is no chance we are saying no," according to Wong. The city has in fact held a press conference to disclose its position, and started up a dedicated news page for the building.

The proposed project is a four-story ring so large it will have space for 12,000 workers, an auditorium and a cafeteria seating 3,000. Its signature design element should be curved glass windows wrapping around the exterior. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has claimed that the building, which could be finished by 2015, will be environmentally friendly and make use of fuels like natural gas, turning to the grid as backup.

by MacNN Staff



  1. FireWire

    Joined: Dec 1969



    can they have free wi-fi? :P

    they didn't say if the building was LEED-certified. Can the metal rings serve as a heat-sink? :P

  1. MachineMan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Apple Mothership

    Very exciting news. I am very happy for Mr Jobs and his crew.

    The new infinite loop.

  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    classy company

    Compare Apple's building on a new facility to professional sports organizations holding cities hostage. Apple will pay for this building themselves and they pay regular taxes. This is much different than basketball, football and baseball organizations wanting the city to build them new stadiums and ball parks. I commend Apple for doing the right thing. The people of Cupertino are benefiting from Apple's presence in their town.

  1. zer0

    Joined: Dec 1969



    embarrassing how they asked for wifi... everything that is wrong with governments worldwide; clueless, always on the take and wasting peoples' time with inane questions.

  1. psdenno

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You have to commend Mr. Jobs for exercising restraint when speaking to the City Council earlier in the week. He generally doesn't suffer fools well and it had to be difficult for him to NOT respond to some of their foolish comments.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Commendation

    Yes, because most people would have yelled and screamed at the idiots on the board.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: classy company

    Compare Apple's building on a new facility to professional sports organizations holding cities hostage. Apple will pay for this building themselves and they pay regular taxes.

    Yeah, I'm sure they have no tax breaks already in place in Cupertino.

  1. Rezzz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Only 1 True Mothership

    Parliament Funkadelic Mothership, FTW!

  1. facebook_Chris

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    Joined: Jun 2011


    The mayor....

    I just couldn't help but see "MadTV's Bobby Lee" every time I heard the mayor speak... I kept expecting the mayor to start acting out a Bobby Lee skit...

    Just couldn't watch it, then really lost it when the one person asked for WiFi... Almost expected Shatner to break into the room & scream at them for being overzealous fanboys or something...

    Reminds me of why I've NEVER asked for a celeb's autograph...they're people too--and once you can put that into check, you'll find that most of them are pretty decent human beings.


  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: zer0

    Sounds like you didn't actually watch Jobs' presentation. There was nothing wrong with asking about free wi-fi, or with the way it was asked.

    The council member asked "what are the benefits to the city of your proposal?" - , and when Jobs said it would bring in more tax revenue from Apple, the council member asked about the possibility of free wi-fi. Jobs suggested the city use its tax revenue to fund free wi-fi, and that was that.

    I don't see the big deal about it, except that those questions are usually asked in private. In fact, most city councils do all the negotiating and back-and-forth in private, so all the public sees is the process of formal approval after the parties have already agreed on everything.

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