Apple CEO Steve Jobs made an unannounced visit to the Cupertino City Council meeting Monday night to present his plans for a new spaceship-inspired campus that would hold 12,00 employees, according to the Cupertino Courier.
Jobs noted that the companys current buildings were not big enough to hold the ever-expanding Apple Inc.
Apple has grown like a weed, Jobs said.
Currently there are 2,600 employees in Apples Infinite Loop campus, as well as more than 9,000 other employees in additional buildings in the city of Cupertino.
Its clear that we need to build a new campus, Jobs said. We are just out of space.
The new building, which will be on what used to be Hewlett-Packards Cupertino campus and some adjacent property, will be in the shape of a circle and four stories high, with a large courtyard in the middle. As Jobs describes it, it looks a little like a spaceship landed.
According to the Wall Street Journal most of the parking will be underground, and the company will add four times more landscaping than the property has now. Apple will also plant mostly indigenous plants, including apricot orchards, which were in the lot before HP bought the property.
I think we do have a shot at building the best office building in the world, Jobs said. I really do think architecture students will come here to see this.
The campus will have its own natural-gas-fired energy center as its main source of power, as well as a 3,000-person capacity caf, a fitness center and an auditorium for large presentations, like the one Apple held Monday in San Francisco.
"Now that we have seen your plans, the word spectacular would be an understatement," said Councilman Orrin Mahoney. "Everybody is going to appreciate what clearly is going to be the most elegant headquarters at least in the U.S that I have seen. We definitely appreciate the work that has gone into it and look forward to working with you to move it through the process."
HP will be completely moved out by the end of next year, and Apple hopes to open the doors to its new facility in 2015. The company will continue to use its Infinite Loop campus, so it can increase employment by about 20 percent.