It has been fun to see the plans come together for Amazon’s new three-block campus on the edge of downtown Seattle. The company’s architects this week took it up a notch when they showed the surprisingly cool color schemes that Amazon plans to add to the Seattle skyline (above).
I’m no architecture critic, but the word “iconic” keeps popping to mind. In an industry full of soulless suburban campuses, give Jeff Bezos & Co. credit for building this in the city, at least.
But Amazon isn’t the only big tech company with a new headquarters in the works. I remember watching the video feed from the Cupertino City Council last year, sitting there amazed as Steve Jobs presented plans for the company’s jaw-dropping “Apple Campus 2” — a circular, 2.8-million-square-foot, glass-enclosed building in the middle of an apricot orchard.
As Jobs put it, “It’s a little like a spaceship landed.”
Which one is cooler? It’s hard to say. I like the fact that each project seems to reflect the personality of its future occupant. Here’s another way of asking the question: All else being equal, in which setting would you rather work or spend time? Vote in our poll below.