Bezos, we have biodomes: City approves Amazon sphere design


The most eye-catching element of Amazon’s new Seattle campus — a three-sphere biodome — has received design approval from the city’s Department of Planning and Development, clearing the way for Amazon to proceed with the project.

The approval on Thursday (PDF) followed a series of public meetings and revisions to the design by NBBJ, the architectural firm responsible for the project. The city’s Design Review Board had previously given the project its blessing. Amazon’s goal is to create an environment where employees can “work and socialize in a more natural, park-like setting,” according to design documents submitted to the city.

Amazon’s domes will part of a new 3.3 million-square-foot office and retail complex that will span three blocks bounded by Westlake Avenue, Blanchard Street and Sixth Avenue, connected by a streetcar line to Amazon’s existing headquarters campus in the South Lake Union.

The Puget Sound Business Journal reported on the biodome design approval earlier today.

In addition to the biodomes, Amazon plans to build three 38-story office towers on the blocks, helping to accommodate its explosive growth.


  • Mark MacKay

    A park-like setting that is not available for local residents. Or is it? Was a design that integrated significant public space for park and community events ever considered? The designers might have considered some innovative uses – a partnership with Seattle Public Libraries could have been explored. It all started with books after all. Many corporate spaces in other cities integrate public space effectively. I guess the future doesn’t have room for everyone.