The ever-changing view of the Amazon biospheres is worth marveling at from street level for those who happen to pass through Seattle’s Denny Triangle area north of downtown.
But viewing the glass orbs from on high creates a unique perspective for anyone who lives or works around and above the tech giant’s evolving corporate campus.
The latest view, which showed up in our Facebook feed this week, was shot from Amazon’s Doppler tower and shows off the three spheres with what appears to be completed glass work. Lit from the inside, one of the domes glows a soft yellow, showcasing what should be a dramatic architectural spectacle when the project is complete.
Set to open in 2018, the 100-foot-tall orbs will house hundreds of species of unique plants, offering employees a one-of-a-kind venue for connecting with nature.
At the GeekWire Summit last October, Scott Wyatt, a partner with the architecture firm NBBJ, which designed the spheres, said they are not a merely a “set piece” or “showpiece.”
“It’s not a showcase for people to come in from the outside,” Wyatt said during a talk on modern urban planning. “This is for the people that work at Amazon. It’s an alternative workplace, a place where you can go be among plants in a profound way.”
Showpiece or not, it’s hard for those of us outside the sphere of Amazon to stop looking.