Apple CEO Steve Jobs presented his company’s plans for a second corporate campus to Cupertino City Council yesterday, a day after he addressed developers at Apple’s WWDC.
"Apple is growing like a weed," Jobs told the excited members of the city council. "It's clear we need to build a new campus."
You can watch Jobs talk through the new campus plans on video here.
“It’s a little like a spaceship landing,” he quipped as he showed off pictures of what the new Apple campus will look like, with “a gorgeous courtyard in the middle”.
“It’s a circle,” he explained. “It’s pretty cool.”
"I think we do have a shot at building the best office building in the world,” said Jobs.
“I really do think architecture students will come here to see this. I think it could be that good."
At four storeys high Apple hopes the building will be on a human scale, as with the company’s current campus at 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino.
"There is not a straight piece of glass in this building, it's all curved. We 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.
“We want to make the glass specifically for this building here. We can make it curve all the way around the building.”
Apple plans to change the current land use from just 20 percent landscaping to 80 percent, by moving parking underground.
With the councillors falling over each other to praise the building it seems unlikely that Apple won't be granted its wish for planning permission – especially as Jobs dropped several thinly veiled threats to move the whole company to nearby Mountain View if it couldn't build in Cupertino.