Amazon reveals plans for next phase of Virginia headquarters

Amazon revealed plans Tuesday for the next phase of its headquarters redevelopment in Virginia, that includes a signature 350-foot helix-shaped office tower that may be climbed from the skin like a mountain hike.

The head-turning helix constructing is the centerpiece of the proposal that additionally options a number of 22-story office buildings along with these already beneath development because the company seems to accommodate 25,000 new staff over the approaching years within the Arlington County neighborhoods throughout the Potomac River from the nation’s capital.

The Seattle-based company stated in a blog post that the constructing is designed to assist folks connect with nature.

“The natural beauty of a double helix can be seen throughout our world, from the geometry of our own DNA to the elemental form of galaxies, weather patterns, pinecones, and seashells,” the company stated. “The Helix at our Arlington headquarters will offer a variety of alternative work environments for Amazon employees amidst lush gardens and flourishing trees native to the region.”

Sketches present bushes and inexperienced house spiraling alongside the outside of the constructing, which along with a helix additionally resembles a Christmas tree or a soft-serve ice cream cone. Less flattering feedback on social media likened it to a poop emoji.

The company stated it should open the outside mountain climb to the general public on weekend excursions.

The constructing itself is deemed “alternative work space” by the company in distinction to the extra conventional office house within the three 22-story buildings that may encompass the helix, which will probably be barely taller than the opposite three buildings.

Because skyscrapers are banned within the District of Columbia, and the Amazon buildings will probably be among the many tallest in Arlington County, from some vantage factors the helix will dominate the area’s skyline like no constructing aside from the Washington Monument.

In a press release Matt de Ferranti, chairman of the Arlington County Board, known as the helix design “interesting” and stated county residents would have an opportunity to weigh in on the design earlier than it’s authorised.

“Neighbors and all stakeholders will have the opportunity to review the design concept in further detail and multiple opportunities to comment. We expect that the plans will come before the County’s Planning Commission and County Board by the end of the year for final consideration,” he stated.

The company hopes to start work next year with a projected completion date of 2025.

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