Ama­zon ‘Spheres’ land­mark opens in down­town Seattle

Ripon Bulletin - - Local / State -

SEATTLE (AP) — From the fourth floor of a strik­ing rain­for­est-like con­ser­va­tory built of glass and white steel in down­town Seattle, Ama­zon. com boss Jeff Be­zos turned to­ward the top of his new­est head­quar­ters build­ing to sum­mon his fa­vorite as­sis­tant.

In a proud lit­tle show on Mon­day for the media and dignitaries — which also dou­bled as prod­uct place­ment for Ama­zon’s voice as­sis­tant — the world’s rich­est man or­dered out loud, sym­bol­i­cally: “Alexa, open The Spheres.”

The domed struc­ture is only steps away from the ex­ec­u­tive of­fice tower where Be­zos leads the on­line re­tail be­he­moth. It’s part of the com­pany’s ur­ban cam­pus near down­town Seattle that is largely made up of un­marked of­fice build­ings where more than 40,000 peo­ple re­port to work.

The four-story Spheres struc­ture from the out­side looks like three con­nected glass orbs planted into the ground in a cater­pil­lar shape. Light­ing mim­ics a po­si­tion near the equa­tor, with 12 hours of shade and sun. Dur­ing the day, the in­te­rior is main­tained at 72 de­grees with 60 per­cent hu­mid­ity, to em­u­late a cloud for­est ecosys­tem.

Ama­zon’s Ama­zon-es­que rain­for­est-like con­ser­va­tory is now home to more than 40,000 plants from 50 coun­tries on five con­ti­nents. Its cen­ter­piece is a 50-foot (15.2me­ter) fig tree. Most plants will flower and some can yield fruit, though vis­i­tors must keep their hands off all plant life. About 90 per­cent of the plants were grown and tended to in a sub­ur­ban green­house for years in an­tic­i­pa­tion for their per­ma­nent home in The Spheres.

Though masked by na­ture, the sleek and min­i­mal­ist “al­ter­na­tive work space” is also de­signed to make you for­get you’re at work, in a startup en­vi­ron­ment that is ru­mored to be ag­gres­sively de­mand­ing.

Photo cour­tesy of Ama­zon

Two of the three Ama­zon spheres built in down­town Seattle.

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