Amazon unveiled a rainforest-like office space on Monday for Seattle employees who want to be one with nature while conducting meetings and going about company business in “organic” office spaces – such as a giant nest.
The giant glass structures, called the “Spheres” feature a 90-foot tall central sphere that’s 130 feet in diameter, which is flanked by two smaller spheres.
“The idea is that we connect them with nature,” said Amazon’s lead horticulturist Ron Gagliardo. “We get them away from their normal desk environment so you don’t see any desks or cubicles around.”
Designed by Seattle architecture firm NBBJ, the complex features 2,643 glass “facet” window panes, reinforced internal structures they call “Catalans”
The complex can house up to 800 Amazon employees, and will feature over 40,000 plants from 400 botanical species, tree-house meeting rooms, waterfalls, a river, and of course – the nest.
“We wanted to create something really special, something iconic for our campus and for the city of Seattle,” said John Schoettler, Amazon’s vice president of global real estate and facilities, during the opening ceremony
While the buildings will only be open to Amazon employees (unless you go on a company tour), shops by the entrance will be open to the public.
To see more pictures of the spheres, click here.
The new buildings mark the end of a busy month for Amazon.
On Tuesday, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced the corporate giants are combining efforts to improve health care for their U.S. employees.
In mid-January the online retailer narrowed down its pick for a second headquarters from 238 cities to 20, including Boston, New York and Austin, Texas. The company plans to pick a winner later this year.
The company has invested $3.7 billion on infrastructure and buildings between 2010 and mid-2017, and says it plans to invest over $5 billion to construct HQ2 – which should create as many as 50,000 jobs.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter