Apple Inc’s space ship campus cleared for take-off

images21 Nov, Apple Inc’s plan to build a shimmering flying-saucer shaped headquarters got final clearance for take-off, after a tax break granted the technology titan was trimmed.

Officials within the Silicon Valley city of Cupertino, which has long been home to the culture-changing technology titan, put a stamp of approval on a grand vision put in motion years ago by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

The vote yesterday was a procedural formality and basically a rubber stamping of a unanimous endorsement for the project by members of the Cupertino city council last month.

Final authorization of Apple’s new campus came with an agreement to trim by 15 percent a tax break awarded to the company in 1997 when the future of the then-struggling company was uncertain.

In records filed with the city, “Apple campus 2” is described as a 21st Century creation designed for research, collaboration, and innovation.

This new development will provide a serene environment reflecting Apple’s brand values of innovation, simple use and wonder. Apple said in paperwork filed for approval by the city.

Apple enlisted famous architect Norman Foster to transform a 176-acre site dominated by asphalt and old buildings into “sustainable, state-of-the-art office, research and development facilities.

The majority of house will be leaf, but the eye-catching jewel of the campus promised to be a glimmering ring of polished metal and glass, mirroring the design passion put into Apple’s coveted devices.

The entire campus, indoors and outdoors, is intended to push shared creativity and collaboration, and spur invention of the next several generations of Apple products,” the company said in plan paperwork.

The four-story main building will have 2.8 million square feet of space and will be able to accommodate 12,000 staff, according to design specifications.