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

NBBJ Proposes Five-Story Biodome for Amazon's Seattle Headquarters
NBBJ Proposes Five-Story Biodome for Amazon's Seattle Headquarters, View Looking West from 7th Avenue & Lenora Street; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216
View Looking West from 7th Avenue & Lenora Street; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216

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.

Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216 Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216 Proposed Plan; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216 Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216 + 12

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

The transparent, glass enclosure will be anchored by retail stores and provide 65,000 square feet of work, dining, meeting and lounge space, in addition to a variety of botanical zones modeled on montane ecologies found around the globe. Each sphere will be made up of five high bay floors, capable of fostering a mature tree.

Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216
Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216

Roughly located between Sixth Avenue, Blanchard Street and Westlake Avenue, the ambitious, five-acre headquarters will include three towers and 3.3 million square feet of office space. Each block will consist of a 38-story office tower along with a smaller, mixed-use building that will all be connected by a series of pathways and open space. More information, images and drawings can be found here.

North/South Section Along Lenora Street; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216
North/South Section Along Lenora Street; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "NBBJ Proposes Five-Story Biodome for Amazon's Seattle Headquarters" 22 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/376557/nbbj-proposes-five-story-biodome-for-amazon-s-seattle-headquarters/> ISSN 0719-8884
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