Architects for have submitted updated drawings for the company’s proposed campus on the edge of downtown Seattle — showing for the first time how the company wants to use colorful exteriors to make its new towers stand out against the city’s skyline and (let’s face it) frequently gray skies.

The plans show the towers and adjacent buildings accented with colors including including green, red and yellow, with panels and fins giving the buildings different appearances depending on the angles from which they’re viewed.

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Amazon’s proposed campus would have three 37-story office towers and related buildings, connected via streetcar to the company’s existing buildings in South Lake Union. Amazon’s architects from NBBJ have told city officials that the company’s is intent on “building a neighborhood, not a campus” — integrating its new project into the surrounding neighborhood.

The Seattle Times spotted the new drawings earlier today. See the full document here. Amazon’s update was submitted in advance of a Sept. 25 meeting of the Downtown Design Review Board. Click on any image below to open a gallery of pictures.

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  • Guest

    Congratulations! I know NBBJ have hit a home run because even the grumpy curmudgeons of the Seattle Times have reason to cheer about it. Well done all around. I can’t wait for this to go up.

  • William Carleton

    Wow! Kind of a “Rockefeller Center meets Lever House” with moss thrown all over it for an organic patina. Love it!

  • firewallender

    I love it! I would stick with the greenish hues, as red and yellow are colors connected with negative emotions. The city would do well to incentivize buildings “going green” – a real “Emerald City” skyline would give Seattle tourism a boost. It would look especially pretty lit up at night.

  • Benjamin Goering

    This is beautiful!

  • eagspoo

    Sketches lie. They are sales devices. Until I see *renderings* over real photos of the existing neighborhood, I will assume “colorful” + “bold” means butt ugly (like the EMP, yuck).

  • Guest

    “building a neighborhood, not a campus” as long as no one tries to organize a protest on the premises. Then it’s a campus again.

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