Amazon wins approval for Seattle headquarters
inside giant orb-shaped greenhouses

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News: Amazon has gained planning permission for a new Seattle headquarters that will feature a trio of glass orbs containing a jungle of mature trees and tropical plants (+ slideshow).

Amazon wins approval for Seattle headquarters inside giant orb-shaped greenhouses

Designed by American architecture firm NBBJ, the proposal for a new headquarters for online retailer Amazon was unanimously approved last week by the Seattle planning department.

The 30-metre-high transparent balls will accommodate 1800 Amazon employees, who will be surrounded by a wilderness of plant life that includes green walls, hanging gardens and flowering shrubs.

Amazon wins approval for Seattle headquarters inside giant orb-shaped greenhouses

"The generative idea is that a plant-rich environment has many positive qualities that are not often found in a typical office setting," reads the proposal document.

It continues: "While the form of the building will be visually reminiscent of a greenhouse or conservatory, plant material will be selected for its ability to co-exist in a microclimate that also suits people."

Amazon wins approval for Seattle headquarters inside giant orb-shaped greenhouses
Proposal presented earlier this year

Offices will be divided across the four storeys of the greenhouses and shops will be located around the edges of the ground floor.

Three traditional office blocks will also be included around the outside of the new campus, which will be located on 7th Avenue on a site called the Denny Triangle.

Amazon wins approval for Seattle headquarters inside giant orb-shaped greenhouses
Proposal presented earlier this year

The project is the latest in a string of self-contained campuses being built for technology companies, alongside Apple's ring-shaped building for Cupertino and Facebook's plans for the largest open-plan office in the world. Sam Jacob explored how these projects are reshaping the landscape in an Opinion column earlier this year.

  • SCAQTony

    I WANT ONE OF THESE AS MY HOUSE! The bedroom would be a shed and the bath would look like a pond.

  • ScottW315

    Seriously….How many times do people have to make Bio dome proposals until we realize the results are always poorly executed and end up looking like props from bad 1970’s Sci-Fi movies.

    • Yaniv Peer

      And so you’re suggesting that the Eden center is poorly executed!?

  • vogt

    Why is American architecture so gross?

  • FL

    Article/ press release claims that the green balls accommodate 1800 employees. Highly misleading blurb. Correct description would be: Average office towers for 1800 employees, and some fancy balls in front as reception and corporate PR exercise.

    • amsam

      ABSOLUTELY. We have a winner for best spin of the year. It should have said, “Amazon is building three huge standard-issue, indifferently designed office towers, plus a tiny goofy archi-stunt designed to push this fact down to the fifth paragraph in the press release.”

  • Amanda Bridge Campbell

    Awesome! Great proposal!