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Apple offers up exclusive sneak peek of new 'spaceship' campus ahead of key vote

The San Jose Mercury News recently got an exclusive look at a model of Apple's proposed 'spaceship' campus, the plans for which go up for a vote before the Cupertino City Council on Tuesday, 15 October. We hope it likes glass.

As Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer explained, Apple's proposed campus, sitting on 175 acres or so, is designed to take the roughly 80 per cent of asphalt that currently occupies the space, the site of the former Hewlett-Packard campus, and replace it with a new campus that's approximately 80 per cent "open space and parkland," the newspaper said.

Amidst that open space and parkland is the spaceship-like structure first proposed by Steve Jobs in front of Cupertino City Council in 2011.

"You see the energy and the love and the attention to detail that we've put into this," Oppenheimer told the Mercury News. "We have treated this project just as we would any Apple product. And this will be a place for the most creative and collaborative teams in the industry to innovate for decades to come."

Previously, Apple released sketches of the proposed structure but has since created a scale model of its new campus, which the paper was allowed to photograph "in a hidden workshop."

To ensure that the company has crossed its T's and dotted its I's, meanwhile, Apple again mailed out brochures this week to various Cupertino residents in an effort to promote "Apple Campus 2," TechCrunch noted.

In it, the company asks residents to voice their support in emails to the City Council or show up in person for the Tuesday meeting. Apple made a similar push in June and back in 2012.

Even if the council approves the plan on Tuesday, the campus proposal needs to pass a second vote in November in order to become a reality.

"We plan to break ground shortly after approval. We will keep in touch as construction progresses, and we look forward to welcoming all of you to a community day when our beautiful new home opens in 2016," Oppenheimer wrote.

You can check out the "Apple Campus 2" leaflet in full below.