Steve Jobs made a surprise visit to the Cupertino City Council meeting on June 7th. Apparently, Apple has acquired some land from HP and plans to build a brand new HQ to hold over 12,000 employees. Their current headquarters only has room for 2,800 with the rest scattered around town in rented office space.
The new building almost looks like a spaceport we’d see on Tatooine -- its just one big circle with a massive courtyard in the middle. Jobs said, "There is not a single straight piece of glass in this building." Every window is curved to match the overall shape.
The property is currently covered with more asphalt parking space than landscaping -- something Jobs wants to change. By building a subterranean parking garage they will be able to spruce up the land by adding 2,300 new trees, including an apricot orchard.
The HQ will be primarily powered by natural gas and Jobs says, “I think we do have a shot at building the best office building in the world”
Apple plans on breaking ground next year and the new HQ should be open for business in 2015. You can see Jobs’ City Hall appearance in the video below.