Amazon proposing giant bio-domes for new campus

Amazon proposing giant bio-domes for new campus

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View of spheres looking west from 7th Avenue and Lenora Street.

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Amazon has redesigned the heart of its proposed Denny Triangle campus. At the center, instead of a low rise office building, new renderings show three orbs with exteriors made almost entirely of glass.

In a proposal to the city, the building is described as "visually reminiscent of a greenhouse or conservatory." The space will feature areas for work, dining, meeting and relaxing.

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Each sphere will have open spaces large enough to accomodate mature trees and vegetation. The document explains that design is motivated by the idea that plant-rich environments have positive qualities not found in typical office settings.

The spheres will contain five floors with an exterior primarily made of layers of glass supported by a metal framework.

Related links:

City of Seattle Design Review Program

City of Seattle - Proposed Designs (pdf)

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