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Amazon building three giant glass domes filled with endangered species at new headquarters

Seattle office completed in 2018 will have more than 300 endangered plants

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 June, 2016, 4:40am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 June, 2016, 11:42am

Amazon is building a new office in downtown Seattle. But it also wants to make sure its employees get to enjoy some green while at work.

The solution: three giant glass domes filled with trees.

Amazon is building three giant spheres — called Biopsheres — right in front of the new office building that's currently under construction.

The 100-foot tall domes, scheduled for completion in 2018, will come with more than 300 plants that are endangered species, essentially turning the place into a conservation project as well. John Schoettler, Amazon's global real estate director, tells Bloomberg the goal was to create a "link to the natural world," so Amazon employees could brainstorm while taking a breath of fresh air in the domes.

The glass domes have already become a popular tourist photo spot and it's not hard to find photos of them on Instagram. Here are a few photos.

Here's what the glass domes will look like when they're finished. 

It's located right in front of the new Amazon headquarters being built now. 

Inside the dome.

Here’s what they look like now.


They will be covered with glass.


They’re scheduled to open in 2018.


Amazon's new biosphere under construction

A photo posted by Nicholas Rocco (@nicholasrocco) on


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