The centerpiece of the new Amazon headquarters is The Spheres: a multi-story, glass-enclosed workplace containing tens of thousands of plants and trees from around the world. As exposure to nature is proven to put people at ease and help them think more creatively, The Spheres are designed to help Amazon employees feel and work their best, and are open to the public on weekends.
The Center of Energy contains a range of employee amenities, including a marketplace, food venues, labs, tech support, meeting areas, an outdoor terrace and other alternative workspaces.
Because choice is increasingly important in the workplace, spaces throughout the Center of Energy are designed to accommodate multiple functions, from dining to team meetings to heads-down work.
Research has shown that, when stairs are visible and well-designed, as in the Center of Energy, employees are more likely to make the healthy choice of walking instead of taking the elevator.
Design features throughout the Center of Energy connect employees to the company’s mission, as in the conveyor rollers — like those used in Amazon distribution centers — employed as room dividers.
USGlass Magazine Design Award
CREDAWARD, Silver Award
AIA Seattle, Honorable Mention
The Architect’s Newspaper, Best of Design Awards, Facades
CoreNet Global Washington State Chapter Awards, Innovative Workplace of the Year (over 20,000 SF)
Dezeen Award, Business Building (shortlist)
Interior Design Best of Year Awards, Green Category, finalist
Seattle Design Review Program, People’s Choice Awards, 2nd Place, Highrise Category
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