Steve Jobs, thin as a rail, took the stand at the Cupertino city council meeting last night and presented plans for a new multi-million (billion?) dollar headquarters for Apple. The new plan uses Apple’s recent purchase of the Hewlett-Packard land, as well as some other minor land purchases and combines them all into one large prairie,Â and apricot orchard, with a giant campus floating to the north-east on the lot.
The building, shaped like a circle, has since been dubbed “the mothership,” because of its striking resemblance to an alien spaceship. The building also uses curved glass, as well as aluminum and probably stone, on the outside. The headquarters features enough space to house nearly 12,000 workers (mini-city?) with a cafeteria and auditorium to seat nearly 3,000 at a time.
The entire campus is even more striking. There are no surface parking lots, only lots Â which are underneath the main building. Â The entire HP campus goes from being asphalt and parking lots to apricot orchards and prairies. Jobs said that the new space would feature nearly 2 times as many trees.
Apple also has ambitious plans for power. They want to use natural gas, as well as other forms of clean energy, for their main power supply, with the grid as a back-up. This means that Apple is going to generate enough power for nearly 12,000 employee computers. Good luck.
This so called “ArchitecturalÂ Landmark” will hopefully be completed in 2015, with the ground breaking next year. The entire campus looks beautifully sculpted, and the city council was astonished by the craftsmanship and meticulous detail Apple put into the project.
In summary, the future of corporate headquarters is at hand, and it’ll be here in 2015 (if they city council doesn’t have any problems, which they probably won’t).
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