NBBJ’s Biodome for Amazon Approved by Seattle Design Board

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The City Design Review Board has approved NBBJ’s tri-sphere biodome planned for Amazon’s downtown . 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

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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. 

City OKs design of Amazon’s Seattle Headquarters

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With a 3-2 vote, Seattle’s Downtown Design Review Board has voted in favor of ’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 ’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.

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’s Seattle Headquarters; Images © NBBJ

NBBJ’s design for the Amazon’s new headquarters in downtown Seattle, , promises to consolidate the companies currently scattered buildings into a 3-block development that includes high-rise towers, a variety of open spaces, and landscaped plazas.  The 3.3 million square foot design was presented to the city’s Design Review Board (DRB) in great detail outlining the division of the each of the buildings, their integration into the downtown urban fabric and the synthesis of the currently underdeveloped Denny’s Triangle.

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Amazon Proposes Three New Towers in Seattle

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Tomorrow, Amazon representatives are scheduled to present their design for a three-block proposal that will introduce three new towers to the 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.