Amazon plans to build a trio of 65,000-square foot glass domes in Seattle as parts of its new headquarters to take on Apple’s plans for ‘spaceship’ headquarters in Silicon Valley, San Francisco.

The domes will be filled with plants and have been dubbed ‘biospheres’.

All the plants will be chosen specifically to survive in the microclimate of the domes that has also been designed to be comfortable for Amazon employees to work in.

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Amazon's plans for a biosphere office looks like a greenhouse or conservatory.

Amazon’s plans for a biosphere office resembles a greenhouse or conservatory. The three intersecting domes replace an earlier plan for a six-story office building. It will be full of plants and will be built over five floors

 
Amazon's domes will be built in the shadow of a skyscraper that the online retailer is also planning to build.

Amazon’s domes will be built in the shadow of a skyscraper that the online retailer is also planning to build. Both the skyscraper and the domes will sit between 6th and 7th Avenue in Seattle

The proposals were submitted earlier this week at Seattle City Hall’s Design Review Board and explain that the domes will have botanical zones arranged around office areas, a canteen and lounge.

The plans explain that the domes will be ‘a plant-rich environment that has many positive qualities that are not often found in a typical office setting.’

Architects NBBJ have designed the buildings and its ecosytem. 

To achieve this Amazon will be creating the zones based on findings from studies that look into how plants and organisms live in mountain ranges around the world.

The domes and office space will be spread over five floors with shops and a kitchen on the ground floor, more shops on the first floor and office space on levels two to five.

 
Models and a proposal of the plan have been submitted to Seattle City Hall's Design Review Board earlier this week for review.

Models and a proposal of the plan have been submitted to Seattle City Hall’s Design Review Board earlier this week for review. The domes will take up 65,000 square foot. The first two floors will be shops. The top three floors will have office space, canteen and lounges all surrounded by plants

 
 
Amazon dome first and second floor
Amazon dome level 2, 3 and 4
 

The first floor of the dome structure will have a kitchen, lobby and shops. The first floor will have more shops and then Amazon employees will work on floors two, three, four and five. Amazon proposes to place plants throughout the domes that can survive in the microclimate while still being comfortable for the employees

Amazon has also previously submitted plans to build a skyscraper on the same location in Seattle between 6th and 7th Avenue.

The proposals do not say when the buildings will be completed and the completion date is expected to be announced once the plans have been reviewed.

Plans for Apple’s ‘spaceship’ headquarters were first submitted to planning officers in August 2011.

It was billed as ‘the best office building in the world’ but this title could now be under threat from Amazon’s glass domes. 

These incredible images show exactly what the firm’s new Apple Campus 2, in Cupertino, California, will look like when completed in 2016.

Last month Apple submitted new plans with updated landscaping plans, a slightly revised floor plan, renderings, and a bicycle plan, however the main design hasn’t changed.

Appearing as a giant saucer, amidst a dense jungle of trees, the 175-acre Silicon Valley site near the 280 Highway will house 13,000 staff.

 
Futuristic: This incredible new image shows what Apple's new HQ in Cupertino, California, will look like when completed in 2015

This incredible new image shows what Apple’s new HQ in Cupertino, California, will look like when completed in 2016

Dubbed ‘The Spaceship’ because of its 360-degree curved glass fronted walls and central courtyard, it will also contain a 1,000 seat auditorium, a gym and 300,000 square feet of ‘research’ space.

The 2.8 million square foot HQ will have underground parking, so that 80 per cent of the site can be covered in trees – and clean energy sources, primarily natural gas, will provide its power. The local energy grid will only be accessed in emergencies.

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