It was back in early June that Steve Jobs revealed what his plans were for the large piece of land Apple purchased from Hewlett Packard, located in its home district of Cupertino. At that point we were just given a brief rundown on what was on the cards; a large campus designed like none other, resembling a large, spaceship/UFO like object that has landed when looking from above.
Fast forward a couple months and the Cupertino City Council has just made more details available about the "Spaceship" Campus. Here are some measurements and inclusions to paint a bit of a picture on things :-
• An Office, Research and Development Building comprising approximately 2.8 million square feet;
• A 1,000 seat Corporate Auditorium;
• A Corporate Fitness Center;
• Research Facilities comprising approximately 300,000 square feet;
• A Central Plant; and
• Associated Parking.
Even Apple's proposal documents (in PDF) form have now been made publicly available which are segmented into an Introduction, Site Plan & Landscaping, Floor Plans and Renderings and help give a pretty good idea of what it'll end up like.
The most recent description from Steve Jobs about the new plant was back in June, in which he said :-
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.
With the council having given approval of the proposal, the structure is scheduled for completion sometime in 2015.