Banking on the idea that nature sparks creativity, Amazon has built The Spheres. Located at the center of the retailer's Seattle headquarters, the three glass domes house over 40,000 plants. Each of the 400 species hails from cloud forests found in five continents across the globe and includes many plants that are endangered or even extinct in the wild. Living walls, towering trees, and waterfalls fill the 67,000-square-foot conservatory, immersing visitors in an authentic jungle-like atmosphere. Throughout the multi-level botanical garden, benches, terraces, and a suspended bird's nest create a refuge for employees to escape from the traditional office environment and collaborate among the exotic flora. The Spheres are also open to the public on the weekends.
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