Pueng Vongs, Y! SF Editor
Apple CEO Steve Jobs made an unannounced visit to the June 7 City Council meeting in Cupertino, home of the computer giant, to reveal plans for a new, state-of-the-art Apple headquarters, reports the Cupertino Courier.
The stunning design resembles a "spaceship;" it will be four stories and house 12,000.
"I think we do have a shot at building the best office building in the world," says Jobs, who also made a rare appearance earlier in the week at the Worldwide Developers Conference.
The current Apple campus has some 2,800 employees, with the rest disbursed in rented buildings throughout the city.
The new base will sit on 150 acres near Pruneridge Avenue and Wolfe Road currently home to Hewlett-Packard, which will be relocating next year. The circular building will be an architectural feat and will tout a large inner courtyard.
"There is not a single straight piece of glass in this building," says Jobs.
The grounds will be transformed from primarily asphalt to green. Parking will go underground and the CEO says Apple plans to almost double the 3,700 trees on the property. He wants to add apricot orchards like the ones he recalls growing up with nearby.
The structure will also be fueled primarily by natural gas.
Councilman Orrin Mahoney said of the proposal, "The word spectacular would be an understatement." He added that the Council looks forward to working with Jobs to move it through the process.
Construction is expected to begin next year with the opening in 2015.
- City Council