Did a British Spy Agency Building Inspire Apple's New Headquarters?

By Alexis C. Madrigal

Steve Jobs compared Apple's new doughnut-shaped headquarters building to "a spaceship" in his preview of the campus for the Cupertino City Council this week. But there's a more earth-bound model for the architectural vision.

The United Kingdom's version of the NSA, the Government Communications Headquarters, moved into an eerily similar glass doughnut in 2004. The 1.1 million square foot building cost 337 million pounds to build and houses 4,000 workers in Cheltenham.

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Via John Lockwood.

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