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Apple details “spaceship” headquarters design

December 8, 2011

Apple’s hometown now has more details on the consumer device giant’s new spaceship-like campus, a pet project of recently deceased co-founder Steve Jobs.

 The Cupertino, California, city council put up more plans of Apple’s proposed headquarters on its website. The updated blueprint shows that Apple is aiming to build an energy efficient headquarters.

 The single building — resembling a massive spaceship — is expected to span 2.8 million square feet over four floors that will accommodate up to 13,000 employees. Also, separate buildings for research, about 300,000 square feet of  it, are to be built nearby.  Apple’s current headquarters is at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino.

 Landscaping around the new headquarters will include trees, native plants and apricot orchards, a throwback to the agricultural heritage of Silicon Valley when Jobs was growing up.

 Apple bought most of the land for the campus from Hewlett Packard Co, where Jobs got one of his first summer jobs after calling up his idol and HP founder Bill Hewlett, to ask for spare parts.

 For the architecturally minded, the complete plans — including detailed renderings — are here.

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