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Amazon Proposing Biospheres For Downtown Seattle Project

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Someone at Amazon (or their architect, NBBJ) has been watching a lot of Pauly Shore movies. How else do you explain plans for their upcoming campus that include "a massive spherical greenhouse-like structure capable of housing multiple forms of plant life as well as mature trees?"

The goal of the new spherical space is to create an environment where employees can "work and socialize in a more natural, park-like setting," according to documents released in front of tonight's meeting. "The generative idea is that a plant-rich environment has many positive qualities that are not often found in a typical office setting," according to the design documents.

This game-changing proposal will be formally introduced at a Design Review Board meeting Tuesday night at Seattle City Hall.

The spheres, which would be anywhere from 80 feet to 95 feet tall, would be located between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue and between Blanchard and Lenora streets. The biosphere building would be connected to Amazon's adjoining 3.3-million square-foot office project that includes three 37-story towers.

We're not entirely sure how biospheres help us get our Fifty Shades Of Grey order quicker, but, it's certainly cool-looking. What are your initial thoughts? Just the kind of forward-thinking Seattle needs or unnecessary nonsense?
· Amazon.com wants to build a massive biosphere in Seattle [GeekWire]
· Amazon proposing glass-and-steel biodomes on new campus [Seattle Times]
· Enter The Ama-Zone: Online Retailer Remaking Downtown Seattle [Curbed Seattle]