Amazons incredible plant-filled biospheres open in Seattle

January 30, 2018 by  
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Amazon has finally opened its stunning new downtown Seattle office and it’s unlike any workspace we’ve seen before. Amazon Spheres, which celebrated its grand opening yesterday, is part greenhouse and part office housed within three glass geodesic domes. Designed by NBBJ , the $4 billion “mini-rainforest” campus will house over 800 Amazon employees in addition to more than 40,000 plants in an ecosystem built to emulate a verdant cloud forest. Located at the corner of Lenora Street and 6th Avenue, Amazon’s giant geodesic domes are made with a steel frame holding 2,643 laminated glass panels made up of four-layered low-iron glass to minimize heat loss. The largest of the three domes measures 90 feet tall and 130 feet in diameter with five floors (and a four-story-tall living plant wall that grows 200 plant species). Retail space occupies the ground floor and part of the first floor. Over 400 species of plants from more than 30 countries are represented in the domes and are cared for by a full-time horticulturalist. Nearly all of the plants were grown in a suburban greenhouse for the Spheres project. The flora centerpiece is a 55-foot-tall Ficus tree (nicknamed Rubi) that weighs almost 36,000 pounds and was craned into the space through the roof. The plantings are mostly organized in either the Old World garden that features African and Asian plants, or in the New World garden with a focus on the Americas. An architectural highlight is undoubtedly the “bird’s nest,” a timber treehouse suspended 30 feet in the air that serves as an intimate meeting space. Related: Amazon’s biospheres spring to life with first planting in Seattle The interior temperature will be stabilized at 69 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit with 60 percent humidity, and the climate will vary throughout the space. Recycled heat from the nearby data center is used to heat the Spheres. The project is on track for LEED Gold certification. The public is welcome to take a free tour of the facilities but must first book with Spheres Discovery at Understory . + NBBJ Via Bloomberg Renderings via NBBJ, photos via Amazon

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Ruins of Swedens oldest church put on a new A-frame shelter

January 30, 2018 by  
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Medieval history meets modern architecture at Kata Farm, a ninth-century church that now serves as a shelter and exhibition hall in Varnhem, Sweden. Designed by Stockholm-based AIX Arkitekter AB , a new 300-square-meter timber A-frame structure sits atop the remains of Sweden’s oldest Christian church that’s also thought to be the country’s oldest building. Glue-laminated timber was used as the primary material for the new structure. Located on the grounds of Varnhem Abbey, Kata Farm was named after the woman who ruled the farm and allowed the church to be built. The new timber structure, which was built to protect the farm foundations from the elements, is raised on a series of pillars to minimize site impact . An elevated walkway with a glazed railing and signage wraps around the exposed stone ruins and is punctuated by glass panels allowing for top-down views of the burial sites, including Kata’s tomb that dates back to the mid-1000s. Related: Stunning chapel in Japan brings a fractal forest indoors The glue-laminated timber trusses are exposed and timber left unpainted for a minimalist look to complement the excavated grounds. In contrast to the light-colored interior, darker tar-treated pine planks clad the sloped exterior. The building can be accessed via a staircase that leads up to an outdoor deck or a glazed elevator on the opposite side of the building. + AIX Arkitekter AB Via ArchDaily Images © Antonius van Arkel

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Amazons biospheres spring to life with first planting in Seattle

May 9, 2017 by  
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Tech giant Amazon took a big step towards completing its incredible nature-filled biospheres last week. The company celebrated its ceremonial “first planting”—an Australian tree fern—inside the campus’ three giant geodesic spheres . The 11-foot-tall fern is the first of what will be hundreds of tropical plants to fill the domes in the heart of Seattle. Designed by NBBJ , the three steel-framed spheres are part of Amazon’s $4 billion planned campus that will cover 10 blocks of downtown Seattle when complete. Although the greenhouse-like biospheres will not have official office space, they will be filled with hundreds of tropical plants. Workers can use the space as a therapeutic outlet, which the company believes will help encourage employees to “think and work differently.” Related: Amazon’s biosphere domes are slowly taking shape in Seattle The giant spheres—the tallest of the three reaches 90 feet in height and 130 feet in diameter—will be set to 60 percent humidity and 72 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. The multistory glass buildings can accommodate over 800 staff and personnel. Over 3,000 exotic plant species are currently being incubated and tested for the spheres at a nearby greenhouse. The high-tech greenhouses are slated for completion in early 2018. Via Daily Mail Images via seattle spheres

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The Denny Substation in Seattle is unlike any boring electrical substation you’ve ever seen

July 27, 2016 by  
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The 110.000-square-foot facility will generate, transform and distribute electricity in the rapidly developing South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle , and will support the Bill & Mellinda Gates Foundation, UW Medicine, Amazon, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Facebook, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Google, and global health organization PATH. Related: CAST Architecture Unveils Solar Powered Pocket Parks for Seattle A fully accessible looped walkway rises 16 feet above ground level above the substation and provides views of Seattle’s skyline, the landscaped terrace and a public park below. Various sound, light and kinetic art installations line the walkway and provide useful information about sustainable energy to the public. The glass envelope emits a warm glow at night, with the lights helping people navigate the walkway. A permanent exhibition space with interactive visits on the history and future of energy innovation is located on the street level of Denny Substation. It is meant to function as a meeting space where people can exchange ideas and enjoy views of the bustling Denny Way traffic. The facility aims for the Living Building Challenge ‘s Petal certification, thanks to its green features such as net positive energy exhibition and meeting spaces, use of solar energy, natural ventilation, daylight optimizing strategies and reliance on renewable energy sources. + NBBJ

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NBBJ-designed Samsung HQ in Silicon Valley aims at LEED Gold Certification

October 14, 2015 by  
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NBBJ unveils plans to transform London’s Underground into a gigantic moving walkway

September 8, 2015 by  
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One of London Underground’s most congested lines could be transformed into a gigantic moving walkway, if NBBJ gets their way. The global architecture firm unveiled plans to turn the Tube’s Circle Line into an airport-style travelator with three lanes that move at different speeds. The Circle Line’s 17-mile-long route currently carries 114 million people each year and is notorious for delays. Read the rest of NBBJ unveils plans to transform London’s Underground into a gigantic moving walkway

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Longaberger’s Giant Basket Building is Made of Locally Sourced Ohio Wood

June 28, 2015 by  
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NBBJ Unveils New Plans for Biosphere Greenhouses at Amazon’s Seattle HQ

August 21, 2013 by  
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NBBJ Unveils Samsung’s New Garden-Filled San Jose Campus That Could Rival Them All

February 26, 2013 by  
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Google Unveils Plans for Enormous Green-Roofed Expansion of California Headquarters

February 26, 2013 by  
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Google has been cleaning up existing buildings in cities across the globe, from San Francisco to Berlin, turning them into colorful work and play environments that every cubicle worker probably envies. But now the company has unveiled plans to build a structure anew as an extension to their current headquarters in Mountain View, California. The corporate giant gave Vanity Fair the exclusive scoop on the planned expansion conceived in collaboration with Seattle-based design firm NBBJ . Read the rest of Google Unveils Plans for Enormous Green-Roofed Expansion of California Headquarters Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , Bay View , California , corporate , creative collaboration , Daylighting , eco design , Google , googleplex , green design , headquarters , mountain view , NBBJ , new build , radiant floor heating , sustainable design

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