Steve Jobs unveils spaceship to Cupertino City Council (video)

And, no, council member, there will be no smoking in this new metropolis. This is an icon for the world's most valuable tech company, not a Pam Am jetliner circa 1974.

Steve Jobs presents plans for new HQ in Cupertino.
Steve Jobs presents plans for new HQ in Cupertino.
Steve Jobs presents plans for new HQ in Cupertino.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs presents plans for new HQ in Cupertino.

UPDATE: download the pdf with renderings.

The spaceship will land in 2015. Apple’s new high-tech HQ is a pretty wild looking piece of kit. According to CEO Steve Jobs, seen in this video pitching Cupertino City Council, the ground-breaking will take place in 2011 and the new building will house 12,000 employees.

In characteristic, understated fashion, he tells the panel, “I think we do have a shot at building the best office building in the world. I really do think architecture students will come here to see this. I think it could be that good.”

When a billionaire addresses local community leaders, you get the awkward private/public mode that produces some likewise awkward exchanges, which in this case, included a tasty stew of awe, envy, sucking up. In other, words it was exactly how I might respond if I myself came face to face with the new Jesus (or that could be the new Howard Hughes, or the new aesthetically approved Devil; I haven’t made a decision on this yet).

Watching this video (which has already been viewed 1.2M times), I wonder if we’re watching the most gifted, natural born sales-person the world has ever seen, or if Jobs is transforming into a sinister, cackling madman bent on world domination. The Johnny Cash black, the slight hunch, the half-smile — it’s all a bit surreal. And there’s the frailty, a while back shocking, but now very much his accepted new look.

Regarding the off-world colony, check out the preso as Job quietly unveils his master plan before an underarmed council. It unfolds very Apple-like with simple #’s. This is bad. Now, on the right, this is good. Green is a good font color. Call it Apple Keynote – Community Edition. (FOR MORE PHOTOS: see this 9to5Mac post)

Ring of Hire: Apple's new HQ will open 2015.
Ring of Hire: Apple's new HQ will open 2015.

In keeping with the world that is Apple, the new HQ will generate its own power, using the utility company as a backup only.

The easy money says this will be spectacular. Apple knows design. As mentioned in the presentation, their experience with retail architecture, will no doubt help.

And, no, council member, there will be no smoking in this new metropolis. This is an icon for the world’s most valuable tech company, not a Pam Am jetliner circa 1974.

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  • I love how this video for Apple is IN FLASH haha loozers

    • HTML5. You’re probably not from the west coast.

  • Steve Jobs the Mobster is racing to teach cyber-murder and thievery. Clearly he enjoys killing people for money-like his China immoral industries made his cheap crud. That killed many of the workers with unsafe practices. Of course he avoided paying taxes there….may GOD judge him soon.

    • What?  Do you realize how you sound when you say such baseless things?  

      Steve Jobs does not employ the people in China.  They are employees of another company and it is that company that is to blame for the suicides and explosion.  You can no more blame Apple for it than you can blame Walmart or some other company because a third party has unsafe practices.

      If you add the fact that you are talking about nuclear waste, car and plane pollution – none of which Steve Jobs or Apple is responsible for – and you come off as a whacko.

      If you have a beef with Jobs or Apple try addressing the actual problems instead of making them responsible for everything that you feel is wrong with the world.

  • Plus, he’s dumb as a box of rocks or he’s a liar on smoking. Nuclear wastes are tremendous now as is car and airplane exhaust of carbon monoxide that gives cancer and kills that they get money for blaming smoking for! No wonder our nation is falling apart with these evil parasites buying their way into the seams! Don’t put new wine into old wine-skins, or pay dearly!

    • MBR

      Sounds as though you’ve already done GOD’s work Ms.Drew. I’d suggest you might consider anger management and take a pill but I’ve no doubt you also have the keen insight to see that the nefarious Steve Jobs is also behind the amoral and obscene profits of the pharmaceutical industry.

      I suspect that with your obsessive homicidal comments that GOD might want a word or two with you too.

  • David Turner

    Steve Jobs always did like rounded edges. But where’s the corner office?

    • I think he’ll address the minions of earth from a round dais right in the middle of the glazed donut. He’ll use the rule-the-world-app, push a glowing button and furlough 30% of the wages of all humanity (45% from Wozniak).

  • Kingkong

    It is nothing new, all you have to do is Google–Hakka Architecture.

  • AppalachianDreamer

    It looks similar to a building that was in Pennsylvania in the 1960’s and housed the American Baptists’ offices. That one was nicknamed “The Holy Doughnut”. Of course, this one will be more technologically advanced, but it is a new century and they are a company built on technology.