Wasting no time, Steve Jobs followed up Monday's WWDC keynote with an impassioned presentation on Wednesday at the Cupertino City Council. And just what exactly was Jobs trying to champion? A brand new space-age building capable of housing 12,000 Apple employees. If you recall, Apple back in late 2010 purchased a 98 acre lot of land from Hewlett Packard, effectively doubling Apple's current campus in Cupertino.
Addressing the city council, Jobs stressed the need for a new campus by pointing out that Apple is growing like a weed and is already forced to rent out a number of buildings to accommodate thousands of employees. With approximately 12,000 employees in Cupertino, the proposed building would complement Apple's current campus at 1 infinite loop, not replace it.
Now typically, a large corporation looking to expand and construct a new building is hardly interesting, but Apple is not your typical corporation.
The building Apple envisions and hopes to build looks like it's straight out of the future, with Jobs noting, "It's a little like a spaceship landed... It's got this gorgeous courtyard in the middle, but it's got a lot more."
Completely circular, Jobs boasted that the planned structure will be constructed, in part, out of one behemoth sized piece of curved glass.
"There's not a single straight piece of glass in this building," Jobs explained. "We've used our experience in building retail buildings all over the world. We know how to make the biggest pieces of glass for architectural use. And, we want to make the glass specifically for this building here. We can make it curve all the way around the building... It's pretty cool."
And Apple being Apple, the building will be environmentally friendly, with parking located underground and plans for the building to use renewable energy sources, specifically employing "natural gas and other ways that are cleaner and cheaper" and relying on the city grid as a backup.
Jobs also mentioned that he's assembled a team of some of the best architects in the world to help design what he says may very well be the "best office building in the world." Indeed, news surfaced back in December that Apple had signed on noted and prolific British architect Norman Foster to help out with the project.
As for other features, the proposed building will house its own auditorium for large scale presentations like week's WWDC keynote along with a cafeteria capable of housing 3,000 folks concurrently.
Apple hopes to officially move into its planned structure by 2015.
Some other points of interest include:
- The building will be only four stories
- Jobs envisions the number of Apple employees growing from nearly 10,000 today to 13,000 by 2015
- There will be dedicated buildings for R&D
- Jobs noted he'd like to stay in Cupertino and "pay taxes", but if that isn't possible, they'll be forced to look at Mountain View (look out, Google!)
- Jobs said if Apple could get out of taxes, they'd be happy to provide free wi-fi for the city
-With approximately 3,700 trees in the area at the present time, Jobs said Apple would almost double the number of trees to 6,000