Draft design documents filed this week with the city of Seattle provide the first public glimpse of Amazon.com’s plans for a new campus covering three city blocks on the northern edge of downtown — showing three office buildings as tall as 37 stories, ground-floor retail space, an auditorium, an outdoor amphitheater, an “awareness garden” and other amenities.
The plans are preliminary, with many of the architectural images not yet included. They sketch out four different alternatives, with one of them labeled as the preferred option. A public design review meeting about the project is scheduled to take place on March 27.
Reports about the campus first surfaced last month, along with the news that Amazon was planning to buy the three blocks from Seattle’s Clise family, aiming to build three office buildings with as much as 1 million square feet each, to accommodate its continued expansion. Amazon.com has been adding employees at breakneck speed over the past two years, and now employs more than 56,000 people.
GeekWire tracked down the draft design documents at the city planning department and converted them into this PDF containing the major highlights.