June 8, 2011 at 12:51 PM ET
Steve Jobs has unveiled plans for a spanking new Apple campus in Cupertino, CA, which will hold 12,000 employees in a single building shaped like a spaceship.
The Apple CEO shared his proposal for the sprawling 150-acre campus with the Cupertino City Council on Tuesday evening, and didn't mince his words: "It looks a little like a spaceship landed."
Jobs told the council they’d submit formal plans as soon as possible, break ground by next year, and "plan to move in by 2015."
In addition to the circular main building, the campus will have a parking garage, an energy center, cafes to seat 3000 and a new fitness center.
The curved building will have a glass front, and a courtyard in the middle. "There's not a straight piece of glass in this building," Jobs said.
The upcoming campus will also be energy independent. According to Jobs' plans, the campus would be powered by an in-house energy center, and would use the grid as a back-up source.
Converting what's currently asphalt to apricot orchards, Jobs said 80 percent of the campus would be landscaped, and much of the parking would be hidden underground. Part of the 150-acre plot was once owned by HP, and recently bought by Apple.
Apple's current campus now contains about 2,600 of its employees, but the company actually employs about 9000 more people in the area, housed in rented buildings close by. The new campus would "augment" the Apple's current campus, Jobs said.
The council members were pleased to note that Jobs' "mothership" had in fact landed in Cupertino, and wondered if Jobs had other plans for Cupertino citizens, like a free Wifi service perhaps? Of course, Jobs responded, "If we can get out of paying taxes."
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