Steve Jobs Pitches New Apple Campus in Cupertino
If Steve Jobs and the city of Cupertino (my hometown) can agree, Apple Inc. will build a futuristic Silicon Valley campus and move into these new digs in 2015. The 150 acre site is part Olympics stadium, part Lord of the Rings, part giant iPad, and part spaceship. Parking will be underground, replacing asphalt lots. Not a single piece of glass will be straight. And as a nod to Cupertino’s past as a haven of orchards, Apple will work with a Stanford a horticulturist to plant native trees. The site would host 12,000 to 13,000 people, double of what Hewlett Packard had housed. Amazingly, employment will increase only by about 20% because the current headquarters at One Infinite Loop (pictured, click to expand) will still remain in operation.
Let us hope this passes muster--Apple has always been in Cupertino since its founding in the mid-1970s--and that Cupertino says yes to Apple. What is amazing is that the new campus would be 80% landscaping and 20% buildings; currently the site is of the opposite ratio.
Watch the video below and check out the architecture drawings. Of course, the Cupertino City Council members asked very marginal questions, especially Kris Wang (how about “free wi-fi?”). It is pretty clear, however, that Apple will stay in Cupertino, and that will be nothing short of fabulous.