One of the most eagerly-anticipated architectural additions to Seattle has to be Amazon's giant biospheres in Denny Triangle. Since receiving approval in December 2013, we've been waiting to find out if reality will match the renderings.
Under construction for a while now, those spheres are finally starting to take shape.
Amazon's bio-spheres are almost done. pic.twitter.com/d5AbxBD4F7— Dmoney (@DmoneySevilla) February 24, 2016
.@amazon campus bio spheres are taking shape #architecture #seattle pic.twitter.com/P7L9JQJIAV— Arturo Toledo (@arturot) February 18, 2016
Amazon spheres taking shape pic.twitter.com/Ykesi5AXWq— Dongho Chang (@dongho_chang) February 12, 2016
The steel is real. #spheres #amazon #seattle https://t.co/YRqfB3L6LO pic.twitter.com/bPfgze6PiX— nsfra22 (@nsfra22) February 10, 2016
That image above comes courtesy of AWastedMind via Reddit. User azzkicker206 also uploaded some looks at the internal architectural plans for the spheres to Reddit and they look just as impressive on the inside than out.
As a reminder of what, exactly, the spheres are going to house...
"The generative idea is that a plant-rich environment has many positive qualities that are not often found in a typical office setting. While the form of the building will be visually reminiscent of a greenhouse or conservatory, plant material will be selected for its ability to co-exist in a microclimate that also suits people. To encourage growth and maintain the health of the plants, the building's interior will include high bay spaces on five floors totaling approximately 65,000 SF and capable of accommodating mature trees".
Amazon still expects the 3.3 million-square-foot Boren Avenue office and retail complex to be done by 2017 and opened in 2018.
· Giant spheres quickly bubbling up in Denny Triangle [MyN] · Amazon's Giant Downtown Spheres Are Officially Approved [CS]
· Amazon Proposing Biospheres For Downtown Seattle Project [CS]