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Amazon planning futuristic HQ

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Pure play e-tail giant Amazon is hoping to build greenhouse-style futuristic headquarters in the US, and is to submit plans to Seattle city officials regarding the structure, it has been reported.

Unveiling photos and sketches of the plans, the e-tailer hopes to become the latest technology leader after Apple and Google to create a unique working space and has revamped original plans in favour of a more daring structure, according to The Telegraph.

A document from the company seen by the newspaper said initial plans for a six-storey rectilinear build were scrapped in favour of “a series of intersecting spheres with ample space for a wide range of planting material.”

Within the 65,000 sq ft office space, the company aims to leave room across five floors to accommodate mature trees while the exterior will be made up of layers of glass and a metal framework.

Alongside shared spaces such as dining areas and meeting and lounge spaces, Amazon’s new HQ will also house “botanical zones modeled on montane ecologies found around the globe,” according to the company.

It added: “While the form of the building will be visually reminiscent of a greenhouse or conservatory, plant material will be selected for its ability to co-exist in a microclimate that also suits people.”

Last week, Amazon came under renewed pressure to explain its complex tax practices in the UK and is to be recalled by the Public Account Committee as the Government seeks to ensure that the company is paying all required taxes, though Amazon has said that it operates within the law.

Published on Wednesday 22 May by Editorial Assistant

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