Amazon is building a large bio-sphere outside its work offices, transforming the city-scape of the South Lake Union district of Seattle, a once former car-dealer and warehouse district.
The bio-sphere is made up of three 95-foot interconnected glass spheres. The designs are approved by the City Design Review Board.
“The generative idea is that a plant-rich environment has many positive qualities that are not often found in a typical office setting,” says the architecture group NBBJ. “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.”
What is most interesting is Amazon is “seeking to build a neighborhood rather than a campus” and is anchoring at both ends of the bio-sphere publicly accessible retail spaces and an off-leash dog park. Drawings submitted to the planning department.