Amazon Makes the News Again This Week, This Time For Architecture

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Robison Wells
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Aside from Amazon’s other major news, including Jeff Bezos’s decision to step down as CEO, the online behemoth made waves in the architecture community on Feb 2nd when it unveiled plans for an Arlington, Virginia office complex.

The campus, dubbed HQ2, will feature a 350 ft spiraling main building nicknamed “The Helix.” Aside from its architectural significance, it will showcase abundant greenery. Following up on Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, which has a domed arboretum, this second campus will feature a park that runs along the Helix’s outdoor spaces.

The campus will ultimately house 25,000 employees and cost upward of $2.5 billion to complete.

The firm NBBJ plans to infuse nature into the urban landscape and create an environment where workers can engage with the trees, shrubs, and flowers that line all complex levels.

The Helix makes up one of three significant buildings for HQ2; Amazon plans to raise two other 22-story towers.

“The design promotes well-being and physical exercise, agency (the ability for employees to choose when, how, and where to work), and a strong connection with the local community. We believe that campuses should be neighborhoods that bring people together and not isolated, employee-only spaces that ignore their surroundings,” said Amazon officials.

In keeping with Amazon’s pledge to be net-zero carbon by 2040, the new buildings will be LEED Platinum, the highest certification for sustainable development granted by the U.S. Green Building Council. The central heating and cooling will run on 100% renewable energy collected from a solar farm in southern Virginia.

Amazon’s ambitious architectural plans are sure to turn the heads of future as onlookers as they take in the three new buildings that will make up the company’s future Arlington, Virginia campus.

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