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Amazon’s new HQ infuses nature into design

Tue 09 Feb 2021 | 03:21 pm GMT
Michelle Urquhart | Products of Change Writer

Artist impression of the Helix. Image: Amazon News

The second headquarters for Amazon in Arlington, Virginia will prioritise areas for collaboration, natural light, and a constant interaction with nature. The company is developing 2.8 million square feet of new office space distributed across three 22-story buildings, with the centrepiece being the Helix – a unique building with two walkable paths of landscaped terrain that will spiral up the outside of the building, featuring plantings you’d find in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The new buildings are designed to be LEED Platinum, the highest certification for a sustainable development issued by the U.S. Green Building Council. The project also includes an all-electric central heating and cooling system that will run on 100% renewable energy. Amazon said in a statement on its news site that: “This will align with Amazon’s Climate Pledge to be net-zero carbon by 2040 and advance Arlington and Amazon’s shared commitment to be leaders in the fight against climate change.” The headquarters are being developed in 2.5 acres of open spaces, accessible for public use. An amphitheatre facing a spacious central green will be able to accommodate outdoor concerts, farmers’ markets, and movies in the park. Read more about Amazon’s plans
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