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September 28, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Steve Jobs hires Bill Gates’ architect for new house

For his new house in Woodside, Calif., Steve Jobs turned to the same architectural firm that worked on Bill Gates’ waterfront mansion in Medina in the early 1990s.

After getting ribbed for decades about cribbing from Apple’s graphical user interface back in the day, Gates might get a small chuckle out of the choice.

Jobs isn’t exactly cribbing for his crib, though.

Since working for Gates, the Pennsylvania-based architecture firm — Bohlin Cywinski Jackson — worked for Jobs on Apple stores, notes Gizmodo, which posted renderings of the new Woodside house today:

jobshouse2_02.jpgDesign of the Gates house was also done by James Cutler, working with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

After a long battle with preservationists, Jobs is replacing a huge, circa 1925 mansion on the site with the proposed five-bedroom place. It’s smaller and groovier but at 4,910-square-foot it’s still no Mac mini.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson also designed Seattle’s latest City Hall, by the way. Seattle residents are still waiting for its genius bar.

Comments | More in | Topics: Apple, apple, Bill Gates

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