The photo’s a bit blurry, but it does give you the general idea: It’s big, it’s shiny, it looks like a space ship that just landed (or a cooler-looking Pentagon), and, if Steve Jobs pulls it off, it’s going to be Apple’s new campus. To be located just off the I-280 in Cupertino in a 98-acre patch that was formerly the HP campus of land, this is a render of Jobs’ vision, as shown to the Cupertino City Council: “The Mothership,” a huge, round, 4-storey building that will hold 12,000 employees.
Jobs described some of the building’s planned features, all of which sound awesome. The highlights include large, curved glass panels all around (“There’s not a single straight piece of glass in this building”), and underground parking that won’t ruin the area’s natural beauty. The area will also be landscaped to include 6,000 trees, and will run on a natural gas energy center located inside the campus to power everything (the campus will still be connected to California’s power grid, but only as a backup.)
According to the presentation Apple pulled together “some great architects… some of the best in the world” for the design. “We do have a shot at building the best office building in the world,” Jobs told the Council members, “Architecture students will come here to see this.”
We’re not architecture students, but it’s definitely something we’d want to see when it’s all done. Pending council approval, Apple plans to move into the “Mothership” by 2015.
Here’s the video of the City Council meeting where the pitch was made. Just tune out some of the council members’ rather silly requests at the end for “free Wi-fi” and a local Apple Store (and did that lady just say “iPaq”?). That was really awkward.