Amazon.com is one step closer to kicking off construction on a massive new campus in Seattle’s Denny Triangle neighborhood, an undertaking that will radically overhaul a corner of downtown and more closely connect it to the fast-growing South Lake Union neighborhood where the online retailer is currently headquartered.

The Department of Planning and Development approved the project, which includes three new skyscrapers totaling some 3.3 million square feet, on Thursday.

The Seattle Times, which calls the project the largest ever proposed in downtown, reports that it could take up to six years to complete.

Amazon.com also earlier this month secured an option on even more land in the neighborhood (illustrated by the orange arrow in the accompanying map).

Architects for Amazon.com have routinely said that they are attempting to build a neighborhood, more than a corporate campus.

“It is very important if we are going to treat this truly as open space that people feel invited into the spaces,” said NBBJ’s John Savo in remarks earlier this year in front of Seattle’s Design Review Board.

Last month, Amazon.com announced that it would pay $1.16 billion for its South Lake Union campus — located a short distance to the north along a streetcar line. As part of the agreement with the city, Amazon.com has agreed to subsidize the weekday operations of a third streetcar for 10 years.

Full Department of Planning and Development Report here:

Amazon Towers

Here are a few rendering of the proposed towers:



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Comments

  • Guest

    Congrats to Amazon and to Seattle! This project fulfills a nearly century-old vision for this derelict land.

  • Elle

    What a project. Going to be fascinating to watch. Interesting that there’s a proposed dog park in the project but no spaces for kids. Sign of the times?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=94500172 Kyle Kesterson

    I was at Cornish in 2004 when we took part with the city to redesign SLU, resulting in some ideas coming to fruition, however enduring construction was a bit of a nightmare. Now that the density and activity really exists in that neighborhood, the construction will most likely be a daily hassle for quite a while.

    I still would have preferred Paul Allen’s proposed epic South Lake Union park that was rejected.

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