Amazon's New Office and Retail Complex: Biodomes

Amazon Biodomes in Seattle

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon wanted to improve the footprint of Amazon in its hometown Seattle, Washington USA. Amazon wanted to build a large campus at the centre of Seattle many years back, With the proposal accepted in the year 2013, Amazon since then is trying to make the construction distinct.

Amazon Biodomes in Seattle
Amazon Biodomes in Seattle

The building will mark the expansion of Amazon into the city from the suburban to the urban as Jeff Bezos sees it a symbol fo marking energy and dynamism of urban environment. 

All About The Biodomes

Amazon initially considered a lot of designs for building an office cum retail space to fully utilise the space available. Dale Alberda, the principal architect tells to Wired that they explored a lot of options but then chose sphere because of its efficient way of enclosing the volume.

The domes will be filled with many plants
The domes will be filled with many plants

The result is the construction initiation of 3 large spheres that must house both plants and animals acting as an outdoor place even in an indoor building. Amazon designed the domes cleverly to enable human comfort at day and the necessary conditions for plants at night. 

These biodomes are likely to be acting like a meeting and relaxation places. These domes will offer a fresh and beautiful environment emulating parks and gardens in the tree-declining concrete-jungle expansion world. The plants will be the majority of this space also acting as a centre for horticulture

The top of the spheres is laid with triangular glass panels mimicking the Buckminsterfullerene structure to grab maximum amount of sunlight for the survival of plants and providing natural lighting to the structure. The temperature in the domes will be controlled as per the outer conditions.

The design of domes will be best-suited for a relaxation place
The design of domes will be best-suited for a relaxation place

Here are some of the interesting things about the Biodomes

  • The biodomes are a part of 3.3 million square foot space of Amazon compromising office and retail complexes
  • High importance is given to plants and nearly 400 or more species of plants comprising of rare and non-rare plants will be a part of this structure
  • More than 40,000 plants will be housed in these domes
  • A team of horticulturists and drones will take care of the plants
  • The domes feature glass panels for natural sunlight
  • 90 LED fixtures with light sensors will be used for additional lighting
Biodomes under construction
Biodomes under construction

The Amazon Biodomes will be completed in 2018 and these will stand out from the rest of buildings in Seattle marking the advent of Amazon and its interest in making buildings more eco-friendly. Let this architectural feat be an inspiration for others to include plants in their constructions.  

 

Tags: Amazon , technology , Architecture

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