Amazon Plans Wild New Office Building in Downtown Seattle

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May 22 2013 1:07 PM

Amazon Plans Wild New Office Building in Downtown Seattle

Amazon is planning some snazzy new offices in Seattle.
Amazon is planning some snazzy new offices in Seattle.

Image by NBBJ via Amazon / Seattle.gov

At a Seattle city meeting Tuesday night, Amazon presented plans for a futuristic, greenhouse-like sphere of a building in the middle of its new Seattle campus. According to the proposal, the five-story, tri-domed structure will be large enough to accommodate mature trees, allowing employees to “work and socialize in a more natural, park-like setting.” From the plans:

In addition to a variety of workplace environments, the facility will incorporate dining, meeting and lounge spaces, as well as a variety of botanical zones modeled on montane ecologies found around the globe.
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Here’s what it will look like:

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Images by NBBJ via Amazon / Seattle.gov

No doubt the suits (and hoodies) at Amazon’s headquarters will be thrilled if the plans are approved. Meanwhile, the company's warehouse workers will continue to sweat their days away in, let's say, slightly less Eden-like environs:

Amazon's 800,000-square-foot fulfilment center in Swansea, Wales.
Amazon's 800,000-square-foot fulfilment center in Swansea, Wales.

Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

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Will Oremus is Slate's senior technology writer.