Inside Amazon’s plans for a massive new urban campus

Draft design documents filed this week with the city of Seattle provide the first public glimpse of Amazon.com’s plans for a new campus covering three city blocks on the northern edge of downtown — showing three office buildings as tall as 37 stories, ground-floor retail space, an auditorium, an outdoor amphitheater, an “awareness garden” and other amenities.

The plans are preliminary, with many of the architectural images not yet included. They sketch out four different alternatives, with one of them labeled as the preferred option. A public design review meeting about the project is scheduled to take place on March 27.

Reports about the campus first surfaced last month, along with the news that Amazon was planning to buy the three blocks from Seattle’s Clise family, aiming to build three office buildings with as much as 1 million square feet each, to accommodate its continued expansion. Amazon.com has been adding employees at breakneck speed over the past two years, and now employs more than 56,000 people.

GeekWire tracked down the draft design documents at the city planning department and converted them into this PDF containing the major highlights.

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  • Guest

    Thank you for putting this document together!

  • Billg

    I wonder what Paul A. is going to do with the empty buildings when Amazon vacates when they move into their own buildings down the block?

    • Guest

      Amazon signed a ten-year lease on the buildings north of Denny and is already running out of space there, hence the expansion. What makes you think Amazon is moving out of Paul’s buildings and into these new towers?

  • Guest

    Sooooo, Toyota of Seattle is moving where?  Cause Block 20 and the existing building above it is Toyota of Seattle

    • Guest

      We expect that Toyota of Seattle will remain where it is; the Amazon buildings will form a protective archway over it.

  • Guest

    “Awareness garden.”

    That reminds me of the Amazon company-wide email quite a few years back that referred, without humor, to the Christmas Tree in the US1 building as being a “festive giving structure”. It’s okay to say Christmas, it’s not a bad word.

    • Guest

      Pagans have worshiped trees for centuries. Why did you believe that Amazon, an equal-opportunity employer, should disregard them in unilaterally labelling such a tree as being specific to one people?