Apple’s New Campus (Updated)

Apple’s New Campus (Updated)

Sep 01




The Singularity Hub has posted a bunch of interesting information about Apple’s new headquarters, nicknamed “the Mothership”. Ground for the new campus is set to break in 2012. Apple’s Mothership will be a 2.8 million square foot facility located on a 175 acre lot off Highway 280 in Cupertino. Featuring a 1000 seat auditorium, 300,000 square feet of research space, and its own power plant, the new campus will house Apple and 12,000 in-house employees. Among other things, the Singularity Hub provides the full PDFs for the structure that Apple submitted to Cupertino’s city council.


Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs presents his proposal for a new Apple Campus to the Cupertino City Council. This presentation was recorded Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at the Cupertino Community Hall.



Mail Online
June 8, 2011

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Fancy moving to a sparkly new office that looks like a spaceship, functions as its own source of power and has a café so big that it can seat 3,000 people?

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has presented new plans for a spectacular new circular-shaped head office for the technology giant in Cupertino, California, that will hold 12,000 employees.

Mr Jobs wants to build the larger office on former Hewlett-Packard property and has already purchased almost 100 acres from the company because Apple is growing ‘like a weed’, he said.

The Silicon Valley building, which Apple plans to move into by 2015 and start building next year, will be formed of one huge piece of curved glass if the proposal to Cupertino City Council goes through.

‘We do have a shot at building the best office building in the world,’ he said to council members. ‘I really do think architecture students will come here to see this.’

The company’s current office can only fit around 2,600 people so Apple is renting buildings to house more than 9,000 other employees locally, reported the International Business Times.

‘It’s a pretty amazing building,’ Mr Jobs said in a 20-minute presentation to council members. ‘It’s a little like a spaceship landed. There is not a straight piece of glass in this building.

‘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 — it’s pretty cool.’

Mr Jobs said Apple is the largest taxpayer in Cupertino and they would not like to move away from the city — as it ‘wouldn’t be good for Cupertino and it wouldn’t be good for us either’.

He plans for 80 per cent of the area to be landscaped and for the campus to have its own energy centre as a main power source, as well as an auditorium and research and development centre. The parking will be underground.

Impressed council members were eager to compliment Mr Jobs on the ‘spectacular’ plans, reported the Cupertino Couriter.

‘Everybody is going to appreciate what clearly is going to be the most elegant headquarters at least in the U.S that I have seen,’ council member Orrin Mahoney said.

‘We definitely appreciate the work that has gone into it and looking forward to working with you to move it through the process.’

Described by the San Fransisco Weekly as a ‘massive glass doughnut’, it will have a big courtyard in the centre and use natural gas as the primary power source.

The four-storey building has been compared to the British intelligence agency GCHQ’s head office in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, which holds around 5,500 staff.

Mr Jobs, 56, is worth an astonishing $8.3billion, lives in Palo Alto, California, and has four children.


Steve Jobs’ Opening Remarks
NBC Bay Area
June 8, 2011

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Apple’s grown like a weed, as you know, we’ve always been in Cupertino. We started in a little office park, and eventually got the buildings we are in now, corner of De Anza and 280, but we’ve, and those buildings maybe hold 2600 people, 2800 people.

2:25 – But we’ve got almost 12,000 people in the area — so we’re renting buildings, not very good buildings, either (laughing); at an ever-greater radius from our campus. We’re putting people in those. And it’s clear that we need to build a new campus, so we’re just out of space. And that doesn’t mean we don’t need the one we’ve got, we do need it, but we need to augment it.

2:58 – And so we’ve got a plan that lets us stay in Cupertino, and we went out and bought some land, and this land is kind of special to me.

I, When I was 13 i think, I called up Hewlett and Packard, they were my idols, and I called up Bill Hewlett, because he lived in Palo Alto, and there were no unlisted numbers in the phone book, which, gives you a clue to my age.

And he picked up the phone, and I talked to him, and I asked him if he would give me some spare parts for something I was building, called a frequency counter, and he did, but in addition to that, he gave me something way more important, he gave me a job that summer.

A summer job at Hewlett/Packard, right here in Santa Clara, off 280, with the division that built frequency counters.

Right around that exact moment in time, Hewlett and Packard themselves were walking along some property here in Cupertino, on Pruneridge, and they ended up buying it, and they built their computer systems division there, and as Hewlett/Packard has been shrinking lately, they decided to (sell) that property, and we bought it.

We bought that, and we bought some adjacent property, and it all used to be apricot trees, and orchards, and we’ve got about 150 acres — and we would like to put a new campus on that, so that we can stay in Cupertino.

And we’ve hired some great architects to work with, some of the best in the world, I think. And we’ve come up with a design that puts 12,000 people in one building.

When you think about that, that’s rather odd — 12,000 people in one building, but we’ve seen these, these office parks with lots of buildings and they get pretty boring pretty fast, so we want to do something better than that, and I’d like to take you through what we’d like to do.

So this is supposed to work, here, there we go. Can you see this?

So, here’s where we are today — which is, uh, on the intersection at De Anza; and what we’ve done, we’ve bought this land right here, we tried to buy the apts in the corner, but they’re not for sale. We bought everything else. And the campus we’d like to build there, is one building that holds 12 thousand people and it’s a pretty amazing building; it’s a little like a spaceship landed, but there it is, and it’s got this gorgeous courtyard in the middle, and a lot more.

It’s a circle, so it’s curved all the way around, and if you’ve built something, you know it’s not the cheapest way to build something. There’s not a straight piece of glass on this building, and we’ve used our experience making retail buildings, 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 curved all the way around the building. It’s pretty cool.

Today, about 20% of the space is landscaping, most of it is big asphalt parking lots. We want to completely change this and make 80% of it landscaping. And the way we’re going to do this — we’re going to put most of the parking underground. And you can see what we have in mind. Today there are 37-hundred trees on the property, we’d like to almost double that…


1 comment

  1. What an amazing presentation. I’ve read and watched everything I have found on Steve Jobs. I had no idea this existed.
    And what a testimony to his true nature. Everything about this plan is the best for the planet.
    Just one thing here. Both his parents died from Lung cancer so he grew up in a home with second hand smoke. And they lived just a few blocks from the cement company which pollutes the air. Perhaps that gives us an insight into Steve’s cancer too.

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