First Look at Apple's Spaceship-Shaped Campus Design


You'd be forgiven for wondering if Apple's new Cupertino, California campus might one day lift off and fly to another planet. Steve Jobs presented the new design to the city council last night and called the plan "a shot at building the best office building in the world." The flying saucer-shaped construction will consolidate about 12,000 Apple employees currently scattered around town in various rented offices into one building. With four stories, its own green "energy center" to power the facility, a hidden underground parking lot, "not a single piece of straight glass" and 120 landscaped acres to give it that country feel, the new campus sounds impressive. "It's a little like a spaceship landed," Jobs said.

Jobs did sound a little bit threatening. "Apple is growing like a weed, and as you know, we've always been in Cupertino," he told the council. "We'd like to continue to stay here and pay taxes, because if we can't, we have to go someplace like Mountain View."

When a city councillor prodded Jobs about offering up WiFi to Cupertino as Google has done for Mountain View, the Apple CEO sounded willing to bargain. "I'm a simpleton, I've always had this view that we pay taxes, and the city should do those things," Jobs said. "Now if we could get out of paying taxes, I'd be glad to put up WiFi." We're going to hazard a translation here, in case anyone on the city council missed it: the guy in the black turtleneck would like lower taxes, please. No taxes at all would be fine, too.

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