Apple's latest update to its UFO-like design for its headquarters are...impressive.
So those of you with visions of future large-scale success can look at the latest renderings of Apple's proposed headquarters and think "One day..."
Designed by Foster + Partners (as in Norman Foster), the main building is a giant ring - thought by some to resemble a UFO - set in more than 40 hectares (100 acres) of landscaping that "will recall Cupertino's pre-agricultural and agricultural past", according to Apple's submission to the City of Cupertino.
Apple this month submitted a revised proposal to the city, slightly relocating the 1,000-seat auditorium, and providing more parking spaces and a larger landscaped area. A proposed footbridge over a creek has been removed from the plans.
The high proportion of landscaping largely results from the proposed provision of underground and multi-storey car parks in place of traditional surface parking.
The plan also includes space for up to 12,000 employees, a combination of energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy generation, and the use of rainwater and recycled water where possible.
If approval is granted, Apple expects construction to be completed by mid-2016.
In August, Apple became the most valuable company ever - though like movie box office records, that didn't allow for inflation.
Interesting to think that back in the mid-seventies it was just two guys in a garage.