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Apple CEO Steve Jobs went from his rousing WWDC 2011 keynote in San Francisco on Monday to a city council meeting in Cupertino on Tuesday night, where he pitched a futuristic new 98-acre, four-story campus which could open its doors in 2015.
MacRumors is reporting that Apple may finally have found a purpose for the 98 acres of Cupertino land they gobbled up from Hewlett Packard late last year. At a Cupertino City Council meeting Tuesday night, CEO Steve Jobs made his pitch for the circular structure you see above -- that’s not an unidentified flying object landing on Earth, but rather a startling new Apple campus that could open in four years.
“It’s a pretty amazing building. It's a little like a spaceship landed,” Jobs revealed in a televised city council meeting last night. “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.”
Almost sounds like Jobs is giving a second keynote address in the same week! After hearing Jobs’ sales pitch, one of the city council members inquired as to “what the citizens of Cupertino would get from the new campus,” suggesting that Apple give the city free Wi-Fi in the same manner than Google has done for its home turf of Mountain View.
“If we can get out of paying taxes, we would be glad to provide free Wi-Fi,” Jobs remarked, noting that Apple was already the largest taxpayer in Cupertino, who certainly reaps plenty of benefits from hosting the company already. Jobs’ pitch to the Cupertino City Council is embedded below.
Apple’s new venture is intended to hold 12,000 employees in four stories. The facility itself will be 80 percent landscaping with underground parking -- a switch from Apple’s current campus which is 20 percent landscaping and all above-ground parking. The new campus will also house its own “energy generation facility using natural gas,” with electricity as a backup source.
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(Image and video courtesy of MacRumors)