Go ahead and smile at that little plant you’ve been tending on your desk. It feels nice, doesn’t it?
Now imagine stepping away from your workspace and into the Spheres on Amazon’s downtown Seattle campus. Welcome to biophilia gone wild.
“It probably has a slightly different feeling and importance to each person,” says Ben Eiben, an Amazon horticulturalist, as he explains the hypothesis that humans have an innate urge to connect with nature.
As the tech giant moves closer to opening the unique structures to its employees, a new, short video showcases the inspiration behind creating such a space.
Amazon has said all along that the hope is that employees will get a renewed sense of creativity and energy from their time in the three glass domes, being among and interacting with exotic plants from all over the world.
Eiben is taking it to the extreme as the guy in charge of the Spheres’ living wall — 4,000 feet of vertical vegetative space that he calls unparalleled in scale and technology.
“Everything that I’ve always done was trying to bring a representation of nature into our living spaces, not only so that I can feel better when I’m looking at it, but to show it to other people and to educate other people.”