Members of the Cupertino City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of Apple's proposed new campus, a 2.8-million-square-foot ring that some have likened to a spaceship. The decision caps a seven-year campaign by the technology company to completely overhaul its area facilities.
The main feature of the company's new campus will be the ring-shaped headquarters, four stories in height and large enough to accommodate 14,000 people. (Apple employs 80,000 worldwide.)
The plan has been equally lauded and criticized. The ring-shaped building's design is unprecedented in scope—"There's not a straight piece of glass in this building," Jobs said in 2011—but its size is enormous, akin to that of the Pentagon, the iconic structure in Virginia that houses the U.S. Department of Defense. Cupertino is a city of just 58,000 people.
"The project will certainly cause traffic issues," one councilmember told the San Jose Mercury News, "but I'm happy to hear Apple's going to work with us on solving these problems."