By Diane Small
Amazon, the online retailer, is staying true to the jungly connotations of its name by creating a completely green headquarters in Seattle.
Designed by American architecture firm NBBJ, the new structure will be comprised of 30-metre-high transparent balls that will house 1800 Amazon employees, who will surely enjoy working surrounded by a plethora of plant life that includes green walls, hanging gardens and flowering shrubs.
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.
The proposal for the building stated: “The generative idea is that a plant-rich environment has many positive qualities that are not often found in a typical office setting…,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.”
It seems this project is reflecting a trend for tech companies to go green: Apple and Facebook have both created plans for eco-friendly buildings for 2014. Let’s hope that just as with tech products, green buildings will soon become ubiquitous in the western world and beyond.