Rufus 2.0 Spheres

Seattle, WA
SELECT PROJECT AWARDS:
  • 2019 Presidential Award for Excellence in Fabrication, (IDEAS2), American Institute of Steel Construction
  • 2018 Architectural and Artistic (Nonresidential), Winner, WACA Concrete Construction Awards
  • 2018 Office Development of the Year, Finalist, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Washington Chapter
  • 2018 The Charlie Hafenbrack Judges’ Innovation Award: Office Development, Winner, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Washington Chapter
  • 2018 The Charlie Hafenbrack Judges’ Innovation Award: Office Development, Winner, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Washington Chapter

Three intersecting glass-and-steel spheres enclosing five freestanding floors, totaling 6,038 m² (65,000 ft²) and functioning as the centerpiece and gathering spot for Amazon’s new, 320,515-m² (3.5 million-ft²) urban corporate headquarters in Downtown Seattle.  The first-of-their-kind spheres are constructed from organically shaped steel sections and are packed with a plant collection featuring more than 40,000 individual plants from more than 50 different countries—a collection worthy of a top-tier conservatory.  The Spheres provide a unique workspace intended to inspire creativity in Amazon’s employees and feature treehouse meeting rooms, waterfalls, paludarium, and a four-story living wall.  MKA worked closely with the architect, contractor, detailer, and fabricator through all phases of design, fabrication, and erection of this complicated project. By integrating fabrication and erection constraints into the earlier design stages, the project team ensured that the architect’s vision was executed within the owner’s challenging schedule requirements and budget.

ARCHITECT: NBBJ
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