Architects for Amazon.com are expected to present some of their latest plans for the online retailer’s new downtown Seattle campus at a Design Review Board Meeting tonight at City Hall. In anticipation of the event, the architects have laid out drawings and other plans to show some of the public benefits of the project, including landscaping, lighting and pedestrian access.

The drawings are some of the most detailed yet for the project, which would include three massive 37-story office towers in the Denny Triangle area of Seattle, just a stone’s throw from the company’s new home in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

“As we have been reminded again and again by our client, we are building a neighborhood, not a campus,” NBBJ architect John Savo told the Design Review Board at a meeting earlier this year. “…That is part of what we are trying to do, so it is inviting to the employees to get out of the buildings. (Amazon) would actually like to see that happen.”

Here’s a description of Block 14, with the full report below.

“With an architectural trellis overhead to provide weather protection, the open space provides an inviting mid-block passage that meanders through lush planting areas. Ample seatwalls offer places to pause and gather, while art integrated into the site evokes a creative and inspirational sense of place.”

Here’s a description of Block 19:

“With an emphasis on flexibility and resilience, the playfield invites a wide range of recreational activities, while the terraced seatwalls provide additional gathering areas where people can enjoy the dynamics of urban life. An off-leash area adds an important amenity for dog owners, who can safely exercise their pets in an urban neighborhood.”

Public artwork will be a key component of the new campus:

“Amazon envisions art as key to creating a sense of place. With the guidance of an experienced art advisor, Margery Aronson, the team is developing an overall plan for art in the Denny Triangle project. A minimum of two signature artworks, visible from a distance and located on Blocks 14 and 20, will draw people into the neighborhood. To invite a closer exploration of the new streetscapes and open spaces, the project will incorporate unexpected and found  art in the form of permanent artwork and installations, artist-made building parts, temporary exhibitions in collaboration with local artists and selected work by art students and Amazon employees. The art program will be reinforced by an interpretive signage  program highlighting local history and environment, as well as the art itself.”

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You can check out the most recent plans here:

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Comments

  • Quincy

    Looks fantastic! Between these buildings and the new apartment and condo towers going up nearby on 6th, this once-blighted section of Seattle will be vibrantified.

  • boop

    It seems an exaggeration to say the neighborhood was
    “once-blighted.” Right now there is a seemingly successful Toyota
    dealership where this building will go. (And if memory serves there used to be
    a Cadillac dealership where a nearby 47-story condo is being built.) With
    regard to the architect’s comment that “… what we are trying to do, so
    it is inviting to the employees to get out of the buildings. (Amazon) would
    actually like to see that happen.”

    I am guessing Amazon still want their employees at their
    desks working away a fair amount of the time. Let’s not exaggerate!

    • Sierra

      What’s a one-story car dealership doing within two blocks of downtown Seattle? That kind of land use is positively suburban.

  • http://twitter.com/chrisamccoy Chris McCoy

    Beautiful.

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