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Apple's 'spaceship' HQ gets green light from Cupertino

The Cupertino City Council unanimously approves the 2.8-million-square-foot building, and demolition on the property will begin at the end of this year.

Apple Campus 2
This is the gleaming proposal for Apple Campus 2. Apple

Apple's "spaceship" headquarters has, for all intents and purposes, been cleared for construction.

The Cupertino City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the 2.8-million-square-foot building. Although the Council must meet one more time on November 15 to hold a final vote on the Apple Campus 2 project, that is essentially a formality. Apple now plans to begin demolishing building on the site by the end of this year.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was so happy about the news that he paid a rare visit to his Tweet button. This morning, Cook tweeted: "Our home for innovation and creativity for decades to come. Cupertino City Council Gives Unanimous Approval for Apple's New Campus."

The ringlike "spaceship" design was the apple of Steve Jobs' eye, a place the Apple co-founder hoped would reflect his company's product design ideas. The massive facility will be four stories high and feature curved glass. Apple expects the facility to be able to accommodate over 14,000 employees, more than five times the number Apple's current headquarters can fit.