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Apple to build 'spaceship' HQ on old Hewlett Packard site

The new campus in California will house 12,000 people and generate its own power. Steve Jobs says he thinks it will be the best office building in the world.

Artist's impression of the new Apple HQ, which should be finished by 2015
Artist's impression of the new Apple HQ, which should be finished by 2015

STEVE JOBS HAS attended a city council meeting in Cupertino, California to present his idea for Apple’s ‘spaceship’ HQ.

Not content with announcing Apple’s new iCloud service and new operating systems this week, now he says that he and his architects have come up with a plan to put 12,000 people in one circular building only four storeys high by 2015.

Built on the site of an old Hewlett Packard Computer Systems Division, Jobs is promising that the ‘footprint’ of the building will be as minimal as possible; that the employees will enjoy acres of tress and landscaping and a fitness centre. He says it will be a change from the dozens of “not very good buildings” which currently house his staff.

A cafeteria will house 3,000 people at any one time, and the campus will generate its own power using natural gas. Buses running on bio-diesel fuel will take employees where they need to go, and an auditorium will see Apple making announcements like the one earlier this week on its own doorstep.

Jobs says that Apple wants to stay loyal to Cupertino, from where the company grew “like a weed”. He says the location is special to him because Bill Hewlett of Hewlett Packard gave him his first job when he was 12 or 13 and now he’s building his HQ on an old HP site.

Asked by a city councillor if Apple will be providing free WiFi to the residents of Cupertino, Jobs quickly responded saying that his company is the city’s largest tax payer and said:

If we can get out of paying taxes I’ll be glad to put up a wifi network.

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  • Apple's spaceship HQ

    This image shows the current site usage. Jobs bought the site from Hewlett Packard in 2010 and it's adjacent to Apple's current officesSource: Cupertino City Channel via YouTube
  • Apple's spaceship HQ

    This image shows the proposed location of the circular office building on an 150 acre site Source: Cupertino City Channel via YouTube
  • Apple's spaceship HQ

    The four-storey building will house 12,000 employees and is designed with the utmost concern for worker safetySource: Cupertino City Channel via YouTube
  • Apple's spaceship HQ

    The building will feature curved glass all the way around, which Jobs says they're used to producing. He says they've hired the best architects in the world. Source: Cupertino City Channel via YouTube
  • Apple's spaceship HQ

    Jobs has hired an arborist from Stanford University to fill the area with 6,000 indigenous trees, replacing some of the apricot orchards already on siteSource: Cupertino City Channel via YouTube via http://www.youtube.com/user/cupertinocitychannel
  • Apple's spaceship HQ

    Apple plans to replace tarmac with trees and grass, landscaping 8o per cent of the campusSource: Cupertino City Channel via YouTube via http://www.youtube.com/user/cupertinocitychannel
  • Apple's spaceship HQ

    Jobs says he hopes they'll "get lucky" and reach 13,000 employees. Surface parking on the site will go down 90 per cent, will most vehicles stored underground. Source: Cupertino City Channel via http://www.youtube.com/user/cupertinocitychannel

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