Amazon is building giant glass balls at the base of its 38-floor tower in the Denny Triangle as part of its 3.3 million-square-foot office campus. These “biospheres” will house 300 plant species from 30 countries.
This reminds us of: 1) the gardens at Versailles, and 2) the space bubbles in the 1972 sci-fi semi-classic Silent Running, wherein plants and trees were lofted from a dying earth to preserve them for an unspecified future salvation. As a show of opulent wealth, these grandiose constructions by Amazon are worthy of our new kings. As a method of preserving life on earth, we must reserve judgement. (There has been no public announcement of plans to install rocket motors on the spheres to launch them into space, nor for the provision of cute robots to tend the plants.)
Use of the spheres is restricted to Amazon employees; they will not be open to the public. There will, however, be “areas at the private building’s entrances allowing anyone to ‘experience the Spheres close up,'” according to the Seattle Times. The king is good!
Amazon’s giant Seattle biospheres come into focus with installation of first glass panels
by Todd Bishop at GeekWire – April 24, 2016