Steve Jobs unveils the new Apple "Mothership" campus

It looks like a gigantic UFO just landed right onto a park 148 acres in size, with trees and grass a plenty. It's a new "mothership" to accompany The Mothership a few blocks away - Apple's current headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino. A common joke amongst Apple employees entering the current building of roughly 2800 people was returning to the "mothership." In the distant future, the mothership "joke" will become reality, as Steve Jobs demonstrated in a presentation to Cupertino City Council last night.

The campus addresses the needs of 12,000 Apple employees that are currently housed at other rented buildings outside of Apple's main campus. 98 acres of the property used to belong to HP's computer systems division, according to Jobs. 80% of the land will be green cover, up from the current 20% figure due to the amount of asphalt occupying the area. The amount of trees on the property will be pegged at 6000, up from the current figure of 3700.

The new building is a two level, four storey disc with two continuous rings of curved glass on each level. A courtyard sits in the middle. Instead of accommodating a majority of cars on the surface, a parking lot for the campus will be buried underground, in addition to a separate parking structure at the edge of the property. The four storey parking structure will be accompanied with a energy generating station that Apple plans to use as their primary energy source for the new campus, turning to the electricity grid as a backup. In keeping with the environmentally friendly initiatives in place for this campus, the energy generating station will use natural gas.

A video of Jobs presenting Apple's plan to Cupertino City Council is available below (via TUAW):

Image Credit: Cupertino City Channel

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I loved it when they asked him to draw on the screen and he said "no...you can see it quite clearly..." lol

how is it better to cram every single employee into the same building? when everybody shows up for work at the same time it's going to be madness. it would help make the divisions more unified, but still whats up with the gaping hole in the middle? it's just not logical

Am I the only one here that first thought it was from the Onion. Even when Steve job appeared, I thought "Ok, he must have a good sense of humor and is going along with it."

First time i see Jobs talking, wow seems like a little weed may help the nerves, but totaly not the speech, contant pauses and lot of silent thinking...

OMG!

Steve Jobs is Xenu in disguise and he is creating the Cult of Apple to combat Scientology!

Their epic battle in 2012 will destroy the world as we know it!

It all makes sense now!!!

One thing that was interesting was the auditorium mentioned in the plans and Jobs referencing the fact they have to go to San Francisco for WWDC because of the size. I wonder if, once it is built, they intend to do all presentations there. Unfortunately, it was difficult to determine scale of the building.

mattking said,
One thing that was interesting was the auditorium mentioned in the plans and Jobs referencing the fact they have to go to San Francisco for WWDC because of the size. I wonder if, once it is built, they intend to do all presentations there. Unfortunately, it was difficult to determine scale of the building.

Well they couldn't possible have WWDC there, as we heard on the latest keynote they had 5400 attendees and that was as much as they could have and all of them fit in that hall. This building is supposedly designed for 12-13 thousand employees, there is no way the Auditorium could be enough for the WWDC keynote, and if it was I doubt there would be space for the rest of WWDC so...

bbfc_uk said,
Does he just have the one outfit? Black top and washed out jeans!

every other super hero has their own costume, why can't steve? /s

bbfc_uk said,
Does he just have the one outfit? Black top and washed out jeans!

Well unless he threw it away which I guess is possible he should have a nice suite somewhere too

primexx said,
holy crap city council just can't stop kissing jobs' ass

To be fair a building like that would bring in some tourism just so people go be like "I SAW THE APPLE MOTHERSHIP".

primexx said,
holy crap city council just can't stop kissing jobs' ass

They have to, they can't afford for him and Apple to leave.

primexx said,
holy crap city council just can't stop kissing jobs' ass

I'm surprised that the council didn't have even a remotely uncomfortable question for Jobs. I'm pretty sure they would have been aware of the nature of his visit but he just walked all over them. The "We are the largest taxpayer in Cupertino" sure put them in their place!

RDF charge at maximum! :-P

acnpt said,
I assume that Apple is probably one of their biggest employers.

The largest, actually. The distant second largest is Oracle.

In a town of 58,000, it would be wise for them not to scare away their main employer. Hence the brown nosing.

AFineFrenzy said,
To be fair a building like that would bring in some tourism just so people go be like "I SAW THE APPLE MOTHERSHIP".

Not only that but a heap of jobs in the construction industry will be made - it'll take a couple of years to build and then there will be maintenance etc. I wonder if the city council is giving Apple a sweet heart deal on the council rates.

Let your direct employees live in a very expensive hotel made directly by apple. But let the people who build the products with their bare hands in terrible conditions live in a hut.

Stupid how he acts religious apple would be nothing without slaves on low pay.

Gaffney said,
Stupid how he acts religious apple would be nothing without slaves on low pay.

You say it like they're the only company to do this.

Chasethebase said,

You say it like they're the only company to do this.


ofcourse not but apple/jobs act like their clean, different and for the future. You don't see Dell doing that, they just sell cheap pc's and that's it. Apple sell expensive ones using the same manufacturing.

Gaffney said,

ofcourse not but apple/jobs act like their clean, different and for the future. You don't see Dell doing that, they just sell cheap pc's and that's it. Apple sell expensive ones using the same manufacturing.

They're not the only oens who sell high end/expensive computers either..If they didn't use foxconn they wouldn't be able to be competitive (despite the costs associated with building factories the size they have and the number of employees they have etc)

Gaffney said,

ofcourse not but apple/jobs act like their clean, different and for the future. You don't see Dell doing that, they just sell cheap pc's and that's it. Apple sell expensive ones using the same manufacturing.

While no one can argue with you and say that the working conditions at say foxconn are good, they are a safer and better paid work environment than any other in the area so, it's not up to our western standards but it sure can be a lot worse.

Looks stunning.. it must be so rewarding working on structures like that from the design to actual build.. then seeing the end result.

Teebor said,
Steve Jobs phone home

props on the enviro friendly attempts though


yeah its really a neat design, though he really set himself up for some serious mockery lol

Oh I can see the: fanboy get to your mothership and religious jokes now lmao