Now we know what Apple wants to do with some of those massive cash reserves: At a city council meeting in Apple’s hometown of Cupertino, CEO Steve Jobs presented the plans for a massive new campus that looks “a little like a spaceship landed,” to be built over the old 98-acre campus Apple purchased from HP last year.
It’s a pretty amazing building. It’s a little like a spaceship landed. It’s got this gorgeous courtyard in the middle… It’s a circle. It’s curved all the way around. If you build things, this is not the cheapest way to build something. There is not a straight piece of glass in this building. It’s all curved. 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. And, we want to make the glass specifically for this building here. We can make it curve all the way around the building… It’s pretty cool.
The new Apple HQ would be able to hold as many as 12,000 people, far more than the 2,800 currently fit into the current headquarters. (Another 6,700 employees work from rented office space.) Even when Jobs is pitching city councilpeople, he’s still a pitchman: “We do have a shot at building the best office building in the world … Architecture students will come here to see this,” he said.