Amazon's HQ2 includes tower with spiraling outdoor walkway

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in General Discussion edited February 2
Following in the footsteps of Apple Park, Amazon's Virginia campus plans include an outdoor theme with a spiraling walkway.

A rendering of Amazon's upcoming Arlington campus
A rendering of Amazon's upcoming Arlington campus


The newly announced tower, known as the Helix, will reportedly be the campus' marquee attraction. Stretching 350 feet in the air, it will have "two spiraling outdoor walkways with trees and plants from Virginia that twist to the building's top." The company sees the tower and surrounding woodlands as urban hiking grounds for employees.

The company's secondary headquarters in Arlington, VA, will also have three 22-story office buildings, an outdoor amphitheater, woodlands, and smaller retail buildings. It will add bicycle parking and a dog run as well.

That Amazon is even going ahead with the project speaks volumes. Many companies plan to let staff work from home even after the COVID-19 vaccine reaches more of the population and life slowly returns to normal. However, the firm expects some employees to continue working remotely, visiting the office only occasionally.

Similar to Apple Park, Amazon's upcoming campus includes collaborative spaces where peers can meet and brainstorm in a nature-oriented work environment.

Amazon expects to break ground on its HQ2 in early 2022. The company plans to wrap up work on the first buildings in 2025.

Amazon had initially planned on a Queens, N.Y., campus alongside the Arlington one
Amazon had initially planned on a Queens, N.Y., campus alongside the Arlington one


The company chose Arlington and Queens, NY, for its secondary campus after a highly publicized 2018 search with U.S. cities making public pitches to the online giant. Amazon later pulled the plug on the Queens campus after facing a backlash over publicly subsidized bonuses.

Amazon is taking an eco-friendly approach to the Arlington campus. It's designing the buildings to receive energy from a nearby Virginia solar farm.

Apple Park, which opened in 2017, was the first tech campus to intertwine outdoor and indoor collaborative spaces. Steve Jobs had envisioned the "spaceship" campus as more creative nature refuge than traditional office space.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    That will certainly stand out in drab Crystal City.

    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 12
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,251member
    I am reminded of SIM City...  Now our bankroll is this high we get to place some really futuristic buildings.
    TRAGwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 12
    Waiting for the first long-boarder to ride down from the top
    cornchipwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 12
    The new landmark for passengers flying into DCA that have been jaded from years of picking out federal buildings and monuments.
    edited February 2 watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 12
    Reminds me of those post-human video games and movies that envision nature overrunning the urban jungle.

    Also, it will never look as good as these artist's renderings.  In winter the leafless branches of skeletal trees will be downright gloomy.
    tnet-primarywatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 12
    💩Wow. I love it. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 12
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 2,096member
    Reminds me of those post-human video games and movies that envision nature overrunning the urban jungle.
    Also, it will never look as good as these artist's renderings.  In winter the leafless branches of skeletal trees will be downright gloomy.
    I guess you don't have coniferous trees in the US. Here in Canada, the forest looks green all winter. Have you heard of "Christmas trees" down in the USA?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 12
    whoa nelly

    I live on the top of an eleven floor building, and our elevator has been breaking down off and on for years. Walking up eleven flights is rough. Twenty two stories would be a serious no joke hike.

    I suppose when one scaled that recreationally, they could at least leave groceries and their bicycle behind
    edited February 2 watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 12
    TRAGTRAG Posts: 20member
    Eric_WVGG said:
    whoa nelly

    I live on the top of an eleven floor building, and our elevator has been breaking down off and on for years. Walking up eleven flights is rough. Twenty two stories would be a serious no joke hike.

    I suppose when one scaled that recreationally, they could at least leave groceries and their bicycle behind
    I live on the 24th floor and the building only has 2 lifts. When we moved in both broke on the day of our housewarming party. Suffice to say we had some pretty tired out guests!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 12
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,835member
    Quite a hike...
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 12
    entropysentropys Posts: 2,879member
    TRAG said:
    Eric_WVGG said:
    whoa nelly

    I live on the top of an eleven floor building, and our elevator has been breaking down off and on for years. Walking up eleven flights is rough. Twenty two stories would be a serious no joke hike.

    I suppose when one scaled that recreationally, they could at least leave groceries and their bicycle behind
    I live on the 24th floor and the building only has 2 lifts. When we moved in both broke on the day of our housewarming party. Suffice to say we had some pretty tired out guests!
    Bloody hell, I would have just gone to the pub and settled in.
    bikerdudeiqatedowatto_cobraTRAG
  • Reply 12 of 12
    Poop emoji.
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