Apple's spaceship HQ goes from drawings to 3D diorama

The tech giant has made mock-ups of its campus reboot, slated for 2015, to pitch the local city council.

Bay Area News Group

We've seen what Apple's campus reboot looks like in numerous renderings and drawings, but missing was a third dimension.

Now Apple has put together a miniature 3D model of the design to pitch Cupertino, Calif.'s city council. The San Jose Mercury News on Friday posted an entire collection of photos of that diorama, which is currently located in an office at the site where Apple hopes to build the new headquarters. The campus is expected to be completed in 2015.

The project was introduced in mid-2011 by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs just months before his death. Designed as a large circle with a handful of satellite buildings, the plans call for it to fit 14,000 employees, which is five times the number that Apple's current headquarters can fit.

The local city council votes on the project next week , with a final vote set to take place in May.

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Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.

 

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