Amazon is one of the most successful companies in the United States. They continue to make online ordering a breeze and have led the field in technological advancements such as drone delivery service and their critically acclaimed Amazon Echo. But with all that hard work, it seems only fair that Amazon puts a little bit of fun into their corporate setting as well.
Amazon’s corporate campus in Seattle recently opened its latest series of building, sphere-like structures that can reportedly hold as many as 800 employees.
According to USA Today, the new offices include treehouse meetings rooms, rivers and waterfalls, and, of course, 400 different species of plants. There are tropical and rare plant species included that would normally be found in the rainforest.
The giant metal and glass domes attracted hundreds to its ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning. Once inside the sophisticated looking building, many were directed to look upwards at the ceiling.
CEO Jeffrey P. Bezos, who is also the owner of the Washington Post, called out for “Alexa,” Amazon’s artificial intelligence. He demonstrated that employees are able to open and close doors simply by commanding Alexa to do so. In fact, Alexa is a pivotal part of the entire experience.
Alexa controls the electricity in various rooms in the building as well a timer to water the 40,000 plants on schedule. The botanical species found throughout the sphere really create quite a tropical experience. Accompanying the exotic plants, Amazon has decided to take a page from Google by adding treehouse meeting rooms.
These tropical plants include a 50-foot ficus that is commonly referred to as “Rubi.” According to the Washington Post, there are 400 species that can be found in what Amazon is calling an “alternative workplace.”
Subtropical plants requiring colder temperatures are also included in the design. The large array of plants have to be tended to almost daily, with many needing individual care.
The structures, which took six years to build, have more than 620 steel beams and almost 3,000 panels of glass. None of the rooms in the building are enclosed. The rationale behind the design was so that employees could enjoy the outdoors without actually leaving to go outside.
“We wanted to create a unique environment for employees to collaborate and innovate,” he said. “We also asked ourselves what was missing from the modern office, and we discovered that that missing element was a link to nature.”
Benzo has already declared there is a waiting list for employees wishing to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.