Amazon Wants to Build a Giant Biosphere in the Middle of a City

By Sam Gibbs on at

The crazy technology HQs war just took a step up in the bizarre-yet-ecofriendly stakes. Amazon unveiled drawings for its new downtown Seattle office, complete with massive spherical glass greenhouses packed with exotic plants and mature trees -- a glassed-off bit of the Amazon for, err, Amazon?

The mini rainforest-cum-park domes will saddle up next to a more conventional glass monolith office block, providing workers with an area to relax and work away from the hustle and bustle of urban Seattle. According to the planning documents released to the city council, the "idea is that a plant-rich environment has many positive qualities that are not often found in a typical office setting".

I guess when the taxman starts clamping down on free food and other perks, things like a relaxing space to work in will be the only attractors left to hook the cream of the tech-worker crop. Considering Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, is very future-driven, I wouldn't be surprised to see something like this replicated at the bottom of the ocean, eventually. Looks gorgeous though; wish I had my own personal glasshouse garden to work in. [Seattle City Council (PDF) via Geek Wire]