While numerous tech firms have pledged to allow employees to work from home even after the coronavirus pandemic is contained, Amazon, Google and others have continued to expand their urban office footprints.
Amazon unveiled plans Tuesday to build The Helix, a futuristic building by nbbj modeled after a double helix. The tower is part of plans for the second phase of its HQ2 Arlington, Va., headquarters, which the company hopes to complete in 2025.
'Last January, when we began construction at our second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, we could not have imagined how different the year would look. Today, this work continues under extraordinary health and safety measures. Despite many of our employees working from home at this time, we view our Arlington headquarters as a long-term investment, and we remain committed to creating 25,000 jobs and investing $2.5 billion in Arlington over the next decade.' (Amazon’s Day One blog)
The project creates an environment that prioritizes healthy work, celebrates nature and engages the community across multiple scales, from its pedestrian-oriented walkways to its centerpiece building, The Helix. Located in Arlington, VA — the much buzzed about site Amazon selected just outside Washington, D.C., in late 2018 — the new headquarters unites 2.8 million square feet of offices, public gathering areas and street-front retail that seek to create a healthier workforce and community.
Interweaving green space with exploratory moments, the project will offer varied nature-infused experiences that invite discovery, collaboration and reflection. The headquarters will host The Helix, an indoor-outdoor building open to the public that merges alterative workspaces with two spiraling, lush, fresh air “hill climbs” to foster creativity and wellness. A 2.5-acre public park, 200+ seat amphitheater and an artist-in-residence program will encourage places for local residents and employees to connect. In addition, unique spaces throughout the project will provide restorative water elements and native trees for visitors and staff to recharge. With a focus on sustainability, the new headquarters will be LEED Platinum certified and run on 100% renewable energy.
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