The Cupertino, California planning commission has approved Apple’s plans for its new ‘spaceship’ headquarters.
On Tuesday, the company made one last plea to the community at a public discussion, and Wednesday’s recommendation paves the way for a vote by the Cupertino city council on October 15 and a final vote on May 19.
The campus will supplement Apple’s current location at 1 Infinite Loop. A pet project of Steve Jobs, the ring shaped structure looks much like a spaceship and will occupy land originally owned by HP. Originally, the campus was intended to accommodate 6,000 employees; however, that has now increased to 14,000. Its cost has also ballooned to around $5 billion.
At the meeting, Apple presented a video which introduced lead architect Norman Foster and others in charge of development. Notably, the film said the shape of the structure wasn’t the original vision but “t really grew into that born out of an intensive process”. The development will take place in two stages. The first will take 32 months and the second will start shortly after.
Although, the planning council has approved the build, Cupertino city council must vote to approve the project on October 15 and then another final vote will be taken on May 19th.
More details about the project can be found here.