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How much more creative could you be if you were working in a stunning faceted glass dome every day? Some lucky Amazon workers will get to find out, as the City of Seattle’s design panel has approved plans for new structures at the company’s headquarters. Designed by international firm NBBJ, the project will consist of three connected biospheres with a steel framework.
Each of the 25 to 35-meter-high biospheres will offer five floors of flexible work spaces along with about 65,000 square feet of open green space with both new and mature trees. The futuristic-looking design is meant to feel like a public park, and will be part of a larger green space known as ‘Block 19.’
The geometric pattern of the steel is is called a ‘Catalan Skin,’ based on a pattern of numbers in mathematics. The resulting shapes look a bit like sand dollars.
Not everyone is a fan of the planned additions. Curbed Seattle said “Our initial thought was that they resembled spores, slowly growing and spreading across the city until they encase all our trees.”
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Nature lovers making their way through Seattle’s Westlake Park or taking a leisurely stroll along the Burke-Gilman Trail are likely stopping, staring and scratching their heads at this very moment. Gazing up at the honey locusts and birches, they might wonder, “Am I imagining this?” No. Those trees really are blue.
Artist Konstantin Dimopoulos paints trees with a ‘biologically safe pigmented water’ to make a statement about how important trees are to our survival. The color will naturally degrade over a period of months. Seattle’s trees turned color on April 2nd, 2012, and will likely remain that way through the summer.
Dimopoulos previously gave trees the Smurf treatment for the 2011 Vancouver Biennale. Other locations have included Richmond, Virginia and Melbourne in the artist’s home country of Australia. Seattle’s 4Culture organization, which is backing the project, says that it’s meant to “inspire discussion and action around deforestation issues.”
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“Colour is a powerful stimulant, a means of altering perception and defining space and time,” says Dimopoulos. “The fact that blue is a colour that is not naturally identified with trees suggests to the viewer that something unusual, something out of the ordinary has happened. It becomes a magical transformation. In nature colour is used both as a defensive mechanism, a means of protection, and as a mechanism to attract. The Blue Trees attempts to waken a similar response from viewers. It is within this context that the blue denotes sacredness, something reverential.”
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