The Amazon model: 4 reasons your company should move to the heart of the city

The Weyerhauser Corporate Headquarters in Federal Way has earned awards for its architecture, interior design and energy conservation. It’s a “gorgeous, gorgeous” building, Scott Wyatt tells me. There’s just one problem. “There’s nothing happening there.” Wyatt, chairman of Seattle-based architecture firm NBBJ, far prefers the scene around Amazon’s offices in South Lake Union, where hotspots… Read More

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Amazon’s rapid expansion in Seattle continues with two more 12-story office buildings is expanding its Seattle footprint yet again. Vulcan, the investment arm of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is planning to build two 12-story office buildings for Amazon’s South Lake Union headquarters. The first building, which Vulcan calls “Amazon Phase VII,” will be 301,000 square-feet on the east side of 9th Ave. N. between Republican Street and Harrison… Read More

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An Amazon hotel: Developer wants to fill vacancy on company’s Seattle campus

Guests of Amazon employees might soon have a convenient place to spend the night. The Seattle Times reports that San Francisco-based developer Stanford Hotels filed early paperwork to build a 15-to-16 story hotel right smack dab in the heart of Amazon’s South Lake Union campus. The hotel would demolish and replace the Bio-Rad Systems’ lab building at 300 Terry… Read More


Amazon employees need to eat, so Cactus plans massive restaurant in South Lake Union’s arrival in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood is bringing thousands of geeks to the once run-down neighborhood. And those developers, engineers and marketing gurus will need to eat, so some of Seattle’s best known restaurants are setting up shop in the neighborhood. The latest arrival is Cactus, which plans to open a massive 5,000… Read More