Amazon’s mini Rainforest Workspace Spheres
Amazon’s mini rainforest spheres open in Seattle after the seven years of planning. This sphere contains 40,000 plants from 30 different countries around the world. It has living walls, which are vertical gardens with over 25,000 plants woven into 4,000 square feet of mesh. Here employees can go to take a break or meet up with others away from their desks. The sphere is made up of glass and steel which can adapt up to 800 people. The inner side of the sphere is warm and humid and the temperature is about 72 degrees Fahrenheit and 60 percent humidity. As there are different climates within the sphere, it suited to your comfort. There is a ventilation system that mimics a windy breeze. Amazon invested $3.7 billion in buildings and infrastructure in Seattle.
Now the employees can attend meetings beside a cascading waterfall, brainstorm in a third-story “bird’s nest”. They can work in a lush array of ferns, tropical plants and a 50-foot ficus tree nicknamed “Rubi.”
The sphere is more like a greenhouse than a typical office. Instead of enclosed conference rooms or desks, there are walkways and unconventional meeting spaces with chairs.
Amazon’s mini rainforest workspace spheres create a unique environment for employees to collaborate and innovate.
Sphere architecture includes more than 620 tons of steel and 2,643 panes of glass. It has no enclosed offices, desks or conference rooms. But the plants take center stage inside the spheres, which cover half of a city block downtown. The spheres are equipped with Wi-Fi and meeting rooms with rainforest names like “bird’s nest.”Amazon keeps on monitoring how long employees spend inside the spheres via their ID badges. So none of the employees can dominate the space or ignore tasks to spend an entire day in man-made nature.