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Pixar names building in honour of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is undoubtedly best known as the Apple co-founder who played a key role in the creation of the Macintosh computer, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. But the late tech visionary also had a major hand in creating Pixar, and the animated movie studio is now honouring his contributions to the company.

Pixar has named the main building on its headquarters after Jobs, according to The Pixar Times. The Emeryville, California building was dubbed "The Steve Jobs Building," which is fitting, given that Jobs actually had a hand in designing it. Jobs reportedly suggested that the building be centred around a large atrium, so that employees could run into each other and collaborate.

Jobs funded Pixar years before it became profitable, pouring millions of dollars of his own money into the company because he believed in its potential. Back in 1986, Jobs purchased a part of the computer graphics division of George Lucas' Lucasfilm for $10 million (£6.3 million) and incorporated it as Pixar.

Pixar's first feature film was the 1995 hit Toy Story, which credited Jobs as an executive producer, and catapulted the studio to fame. Jobs later became the company's CEO before selling it to Disney for $7.4 billion (£4.6 billion) in 2006.

Pixar paid special tribute to Jobs during the end credits of its recent movie Brave, released in June.

5 October marked the one-year anniversary of Jobs' death. He died at the age of 56 following a lengthy battle with cancer.