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NBBJ, Amazon Seattle Headquarters, Seattle, US, Amazon, green design, sustainable design, dome, sustainable building, solar power

NBBJ designed Amazon’s Seattle Headquarters in 2012, but now they added three biospheres to as the “heart” of its high-rise complex in Seattle’s Denny Triangle. Planned for employees only, the bold-designed spheres drew instant reaction, from online comments and at a public hearing before a city design review board. Each sphere features five floors of flexible work space totaling 65,000 square feet and would be capable of accommodating mature trees, according to plans. The height of the spheres ranges from 80 feet to 95 feet. The primary goal was to create the working environment which is more park-like and spontaneous, that a typical sterile office space.

In the words of John Savo, principal at NBBJ and the architects on the project, the plan is that the spheres feature plants from high-elevation climate that can thrive in an office, kept between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. The plants would be comfortable during the night, due to lower temperature and raised humidity.

The glazed glass and steel structure is the new proposal, previously, the plan was to build six-story rectangular office building at the same block. The architects changed their mind because they eventually wanted to create an experimental work space, place where individuals, teams or departments can go to brainstorm. Retail spaces on Sixth and Seventh avenues will be open to public, but the rest is exclusively planned for the workers at Amazon. The architects envisioned large public open spaces, such as a play field and a dog park in between the spheres.

The development is expected to be built in late 2016.

NBBJ, Amazon Seattle Headquarters, Seattle, US, Amazon, green design, sustainable design, dome, sustainable building, solar power

NBBJ, Amazon Seattle Headquarters, Seattle, US, Amazon, green design, sustainable design, dome, sustainable building, solar power

NBBJ, Amazon Seattle Headquarters, Seattle, US, Amazon, green design, sustainable design, dome, sustainable building, solar power

NBBJ, Amazon Seattle Headquarters, Seattle, US, Amazon, green design, sustainable design, dome, sustainable building, solar power

NBBJ, Amazon Seattle Headquarters, Seattle, US, Amazon, green design, sustainable design, dome, sustainable building, solar power

NBBJ, Amazon Seattle Headquarters, Seattle, US, Amazon, green design, sustainable design, dome, sustainable building, solar power


 

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