Everything You Need to Know About Amazon's New HQ
On a beautiful spring or summer day, have you ever looked longingly out the window, buffeted by the chill of industrial strength AC and squinting against the fluorescent lights and thought, “We should have class outside?”
Well, for the denizens of Amazon’s new campus, which is currently in the works in downtown Seattle, that will be a reality that will be built into their everyday routines. At least they get free bananas while they wait.
In addition to three giant office towers -- one of which is already completed -- there will also be three spheres with plants and waterfalls, for when Amazon workers want to take a break from their desks. Officially open in 2018, you can get a glimpse at them now thanks to an official Instagram account. There will also be a preponderance of outdoor spaces, including parks and paths for biking and walking.
Take a look inside Amazon’s outdoorsy new space.
Amazon isn’t interested in plain office buildings.
It has its very own botanical garden.
The Spheres are home to to 400 species of more than 40,000 plants from more than 30 countries. In addition to employees being able to take advantage of working next to a river and man-made waterfalls, they can take meetings in treehouse-style conference rooms. The space is also open to the public, via guided tour and appointment.
Recycling isn't just something employees will do.
Amazon is making its presence felt in Seattle.
That’s one big boardroom.
The campus will have a meeting center that can fit 2,000 people. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos famously prefers to keep teams small and nimble, only big enough that it would take two pizzas to feed them while they are developing big ideas for the company. How many pizzas will be needed to feed that crowd?
Amazon is doubling down on its brick-and-mortar vision.
All the more reason to bring your dog to the office.
Foodies are flocking to Amazon's new neighborhood.
On the lower floors of Doppler, there is a self-serve grocery store called Market Place. Other options on various floors include grills for impromptu barbeques, sandwiches and Asian cuisine. But the unique dining options also extend beyond the HQ, with well-regarded eateries opening in the new neighborhood that provide options ranging from Korean-Hawaiin tacos, Middle Eastern street food and old-fashioned diner fare.
It was designed with help from an algorithm.
It’s fitting that Amazon, with ubiquitous recommendation algorithms, would have its new campus designed via algorithm. According to architecture firm NBBJ, “Design computation helped to generate the spheres, each a pentagonal hexecontahedron formed by tessellating a pentagon across its surface. Algorithms enabled the team to quickly generate a steel-and-glass structure that could be constructed efficiently and cost-effectively.”
There will be games.
The building ties in to the community.