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The Spaceship that Jobs Built


Skip ahead about 2,000 years and think of the ruins of buildings that humans (or otherwise) might experience — much like travelers see the Acropolis today.

Apple’s newly proposed headquarters might spark speculation as to its purpose. A perfect circle, standing four stories tall, that housed 12,000 workers — and bucked convention by burying the parking lots and doubled the trees. Oasis? Maybe a temple? A killer shopping mall?

Or maybe a landed spaceship, as Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, described it to the Cupertino City Council on Tuesday night.

Boasting the world’s largest piece of architectural glass, the circular structure would be built on some former Hewlett-Packard property that Jobs’ team bought.

As Steve puts it:

It’s a pretty amazing building. It’s a little like a spaceship landed. It’s got this gorgeous courtyard in the middle… It’s a circle. It’s curved all the way around. If you build things, this is not the cheapest way to build something. There is not a straight piece of glass in this building. It’s all curved. We’ve used our experience making retail buildings all over the world now, and we know how to make the biggest pieces of glass in the world 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.

The entire area to be renovated is about 150 acres, according to Jobs. The campus design would actually increase green space and landscaping by about 350 percent more than at present. Campus parking goes underground to help increase the tree count from 3,700 to 6,000. The senior arborist at Stanford is overseeing that aspect of the project.

However this turns out for Apple’s new iCampus (you heard it here first!) or the City Cupertino, it is refreshing to see architecture and sustainable design being trumpeted and taken seriously by a huge corporation.

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