Skip to comments.Amazon Plans Wild New Office Building in Downtown Seattle
Posted on 10/05/2013 9:11:08 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
At a Seattle city meeting Tuesday night, Amazon presented plans for a futuristic, greenhouse-like sphere of a building in the middle of its new Seattle campus. According to the proposal, the five-story, tri-domed structure will be large enough to accommodate mature trees, allowing employees to work and socialize in a more natural, park-like setting. From the plans:
In addition to a variety of workplace environments, the facility will incorporate dining, meeting and lounge spaces, as well as a variety of botanical zones modeled on montane ecologies found around the globe.
(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...
Don’t remind me!
Amazon thinks the good times will never end. But they will. And it sounds like Amazon is not going to be prepared for it.
It’s good to have money, it’s difficult to spend it well.
Other links about it.
Forum discussing it.
32 page proposal to the City of Seattle about the project
(It’s about a 12MB file.)
Slideshow> New Renderings of Rufus, Amazons Seattle Campus
Another news article about it.
But the government gravy train has been going so long. What could stop it???
Big fancy new headquarters are how fast growing corporations usually mark their peak.
What’s happened to this idea since May 22, 2013 when the article was posted on Slate?
My prediction is they will end right as they start breaking ground on this super structure and get into the food delivery business.
I looked up any further news about the project but I could not find anything. It’s possible the city is still reviewing it.
Ahhhhhhhhhh, but is Amazon prepared for a 7.4 Seattle EARTHQUAKE ?
BTW, would promising to donate all that future broken glass to Florida to be ground up as beach sand win Amazon another Green award?
Yep. When you get to that point, the big shareholders are usually already looking for the next killing.
Parabolic trajectory. Even though Amazon is a good enterprise which could chug on firmly in the black for a hundred years,
I love Amazon and am a high volume shopper with them. And I have placed rescued dogs of higher needs with some of their employees who take them to work!
This will probably be popular with employees during the wet, dreary days of a Seattle winter.
Well, it looks impressive enough, but I find it a bit futuristic: the final drawing contains an automobile!
Although there is only one, and a mini-mini Cooper or some other little box at that, I believe it will be several generations before the traffic would allow such a vehicle that deep into the city.
[I live across the Sound from this burg, and almost never, ever attempt the empty ordeal of going there.]
I’d love to be in the room when their mechanical engineers tells them how many tons of air conditioning that’s going to require, and how much that will cost both for installation and operation.
It looks like yet another completely impractical architect’s wet dream from here.
Just a sanity check on those who hate forced redistribution and having others interfere in their own finances.
Looks like an easily defended perimeter. I like it.
Why not build architectural marvels in America?
Everybody knows that Seattle gets clouds and rain 90% of the time.
That’s a big hangout for the homeless bums.
Not to mention being shaded by taller surrounding buildings. The trees will end up being “mall trees” such as ficus that will need constant spraying to keep the scale off and they will drop their leaves a couple times a season.
That's a possiblity too
My son is building a house in the same county, King County.
He is building a house that has been built a several dozen times before, so it's nothing new to the county.
They still want 6 months or more to review the plans. The county has dozens of identical plans with the "approved' stamps in their archives, some are recent as 2013.
For this Google building it's going to take a lot longer than 6 months for the inevitable money tracks to be hidden.
Seattle has had its best spring and summer this year since 1975. That might have thrown the architects in their elevational views of the buildings.
Nice. When I visit family, I’ll have to see that. Seattle
has really grown in the years I’ve been gone.
WOW, where is that located?
They’ll be hiring construction crews, buy glass, metal, air conditioning units, concrete, furniture, greenry and a lot of things to help move the economy along. It’s a great idea.
Its good to have money, its difficult to spend it well.
I would not want to be in these domes in an earthquake.
Approaching this as an interesting engineering problem, how would one reduce the danger?
Perhaps decouple the domes and link with non glass collapsible/expendable barrel vault passages? Support the domes on a flexible single central pole that articulates at the support zenith. Support the bottom circular skirt/sill structure on round bearings so the structure can move back and forth on a sill foundation (a concave chase rather than flat surface?) to absorb the shock waves? Perhaps a collapsible skirt with internal shock absorber damping? Expensive!
And will the engineer who designs this be willing to move his office to the dome and risk having to catch all the falling glass? The Acid test...
Does it Rain in Seattle (sarc?) Another big issue that I see is the glazing on the glass “roof” panels. How long before they start to leak. This can be a problem in Geodesic dome structures. I suppose there may be some innovative way to overlap the glass panels like shingles, shiplap, or fish scales to avoid this.
I suspect that the interior will develop its own little climate. As you indicate, there will be a lot of work on the HVAC systems to prevent problems with condensation and overheating in this upside down terrarium bowl.
Seattle is overdue for a major quake. The structural part of the dome can pretty much survive any quake but the rest of it will be damaged.
Do you know of any information on how domes do in an earthquake? I have no information on this and am just assuming that this would be a problem, at least, as far as a glass covered dome.
The design of glass in earthquake prone buildings is systematically engineered just like all other components of the structure
I’m pretty sure the skin will be isolated from the ground by dampers between the structural rib and the ground
Seattle is built on a thick layer of Ice-Age sand and gravel deposits, which shake like jello when earthquake waves move through them.
Additionally, much of Original Seattle burned, and the city fathers in their infinite wisdom chose to wash down some of the steeper hills which burried some of the old buildings around Pioneer Square.
So the combination of Glacial soft sediment and firehose fan deposits makes for a dicey place to build tall modern vertical Greenhouses.
Duh, have the Amazon suits ever bothered to check with the USGS Earthquake experts?
The thing is right in the heart of Seattle’s central business district, downtown at 1000 4th Avenue. It’s interesting to note that now that the thing has been in place for a few years, the local art and architecture critics who loved it at first have now turned on it. The picture I posted really doesn’t convey the impact of the building from street level: it’s brutish, cold, and thanks to its total absence of symmetry, monstrously overwhelming.
Exactly what I watch for. Look what happened to Joseph Takagi and Nakatomi Plaza.
They’d burst Amazon’s bubble.
I’m sorry to hear that. Seattle as I remember it, was a kind of sleepy, nice place. Nothing outlandish. This sounds
outlandish. Next time we go home, I’ll have to visit Seattle. I haven’t, the last couple of times we were there.
I just went by the sites today. They are building the first two buildings between 6th and 7th avenues. The last one, between 7th and 8th avenues, is where a Toyota dealership is located. They should be out of there by the first quarter of 2015. The Amazon can come in and demo the it and then start building the third.