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08/15/2011 05:09 pm ET Updated Oct 15, 2011

Apple Campus 2: Cupertino Website Releases New Images, Details About Stunning 'Mothership' Building

In early June, Steve Jobs appeared before the Cupertino city council to pitch Apple's plans for a futuristic new campus.

Cupertino.org has now published stunning new renderings of the buildings and landscaping, along with more details about Apple's plans for the company's future headquarters.

Called Apple Campus 2, the 175-acre plot will feature a donut-shaped main structure with a capacity of 2.8 million square feet for offices and research and development facilities, along with a 1,000-person auditorium, a fitness center and more. Apple also plans to relocate some of the parking lots underground and re-landscape the area.

Birds-eye renderings of the odd-looking structure have earned it the nickname the "mothership." Steve Jobs himself described the site plans thus: "It's a little like a spaceship landed."

Jobs told the city council in June that Apple plans to break ground on the new site by 2015, Patch reported from the presentation.

According to Cupertino.org, the city still needs to assess the environmental impact of the campus, review the site's development plans and hold more public hearings. However, notes TechCrunch, Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong unofficially approved the undertaking back in June. "There is no chance that we’re saying no," Wong said after Steve Job first presented plans for Apple Campus 2, according to TechCrunch.

For a look a some stunning new renderings of Apple's next campus, check out the slideshow (below). All images are courtesy of Cupertino.org and architecture firm Foster + Partners.

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