Steve Jobs has been keeping extremely busy this week. One day after delivering his WWDC Keynote address, Steve headed back to Cupertino to appear before the city council to discuss Apple’s new plans for their campus. While pitching the construction and design of the mega-structure, Jobs commented that the building will look ‘a little like a spaceship.’
The plan is for Apple to stay in Cupertino on some land that Apple has recently purchased. Jobs told the council that the land holds a special place in his heart as it use to be apricot orchards. By putting a new campus on the plot of land, Apple will be able to place 12,000 employees in a single building which will keep the tightly knit company even closer together.
Steve explains the properties that Apple has acquired around the 4:45 mark in the video above and then imposes an overhead image of the proposed campus followed by a series of projected models of what the building will look like. The circular building features all curved glass of which Apple has pioneered many architectural techniques in its use. To completely change the landscape Apple plans to put nearly all of the parking underground and increase the amount of trees from 3,700 to around 6,000.
Other notable features will be Apple’s use of a natural gas energy center they plan to construct on campus that is cleaner and cheaper than “the grid.” Apple will use instead use the grid as a backup for Apple’s energy center. Of course, the building will also feature great amenities like a fitness center, cafe, R&D facilities and a giant courtyard.
The new center truly does look breathtaking and is planned to be completed in 2015.