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NBBJ's Biodome for Amazon Approved by Seattle Design Board

The City Design Review Board has approved NBBJ’s tri-sphere biodome planned for Amazon’s downtown Seattle headquarters. Reaching up to 95 feet, the glass cluster of “Spheres” was designed to create an alternative work environment within the 3.3 million-square-foot office and retail campus that is currently under construction.

NBBJ Proposes Five-Story Biodome for Amazon's Seattle Headquarters

In an attempt to “create an alternative environment” in the center of Amazon’s recently approved, three-block headquarters planned for downtown Seattle, NBBJ has submitted a revision that would replace a six-story office building with a tri-sphere biodome that will host various forms of plant life and provide a more natural setting for employees to work and socialize. Perhaps this change is Amazon’s way of “keeping up with the Joneses”, as many leading corporations - Apple, Google, and Facebook - have been unveiling plans to construct one-of-the-kind office complexes centered around sustainability, innovation and collaboration. 

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Proposed Plan; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216
Proposed Plan; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216

City OKs design of Amazon’s Seattle Headquarters

© NBBJ
© NBBJ

With a 3-2 vote, Seattle’s Downtown Design Review Board has voted in favor of Amazon’s plans for a three-block, high-rise complex in the Denny Triangle. The board voted after conducting five, comprehensive meetings over the last six months to review Amazon’s evolving NBBJ-designed proposal. Although this design review approval is simply a recommendation to the city’s Department of Planning and Development, it is still a milestone for the ambitious project. The five acre site, roughly located between Sixth Avenue, Blanchard Street and Westlake Avenue, is currently occupied by expansive parking lots, the Sixth Avenue Inn and the King Cat Theater. Continue after the break to learn more.

Amazon's Seattle Headquarters / NBBJ

Amazon's Seattle Headquarters; Images © NBBJ
Amazon's Seattle Headquarters; Images © NBBJ

Amazon Proposes Three New Towers in Seattle

Via Amazon Early Design Guidance Submittal
Via Amazon Early Design Guidance Submittal

Tomorrow, Amazon representatives are scheduled to present their design for a three-block proposal that will introduce three new towers to the Seattle skyline and add 3.3 million square feet of office space to the downtown area. Quite possibly the largest development ever proposed downtown, the complex will consume five acres in the Denny Triangle Urban Village that is currently being used for parking, the Sixth Avenue Inn and the King Cat Theater. Continue reading for more information on the Denny Triangle project.