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Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
In November 2016, Amazon opened "Day 1" — a 521-foot-tall skyscraper in the heart of downtown Seattle that will serve as its new base of operations.

The most well-known feature of the Day 1 tower is actually outside: A set of three gigantic, glass spheres that will be filled with greenery, including endangered species, when they are completed in 2018.

The idea is to give Amazon employees something of an oasis in the middle of the company's famously demanding corporate culture.

The last time Business Insider swung by the Day 1 location in August 2016, the tower was receiving its finishing touches and the spheres were only half-completed.

I made a return visit in early May while in Seattle for the Microsoft Build conference. There's been a good deal of progress and the project looks impressive. Here's a look at the Day 1 tower and the mysterious glass biospheres that have sprouted up at its base:

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This is Day 1 — Amazon's new skyscraper headquarters, which opened in November 2016. It's 37 stories tall. The name refers to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos mantra that "it's always day 1;" a reminder to never rest on your laurels. Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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As you approach the Day 1 tower, you may notice a message on its side. From up close, it's kind of hard to make out... Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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..but if you step away, you can see that it says "Hello World," a reference to the classic example used to demonstrate new programming languages or concepts. Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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The building also houses Amazon Go, the retailer's version of a convenience store of the future. Right now, it's only open to Amazon employees, with no timeline for opening to the public. Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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What makes the store so special is that there are no cash registers or lines — it uses cutting-edge computer vision and payments technology so that you can just walk out with whatever you want. Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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But far and away, the most impressive part of the Day 1 campus are the famous Spheres: Three gigantic glass domes that will be filled full of exotic and endangered flora.
But far and away, the most impressive part of the Day 1 campus are the famous Spheres: Three gigantic glass domes that will be filled full of exotic and endangered flora. Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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Not to put too fine a point on it, but they're huge. They range from 80 to 90 feet tall. Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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The domes are impressively massive. Here are some workers on the outside of the dome, for scale. Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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It's difficult to see with the mirrored sides, but if you squint, you can see that Amazon has started to fill the sphere with its first few plants. Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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(Here's an official Amazon photo of the first plant going into the soil from the inside.) Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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When they open in 2018, the domes are intended to be the center of Amazon employee life. Outside the domes, you can already see some of the green space and weather-shielding canopies already in place. The domes are only for employees, but these areas are for anybody. Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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And the sphere-area dog park is already in full operation. Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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And in case you were wondering about the internals of the Day 1 tower, here's a look inside, courtesy of Amazon. This is the lobby area, when you first walk in: Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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There's an airy common area for Amazonians to share a cup of coffee, featuring the backside of the "Hello World" sign. Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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Notice how the lighting is all done up in Amazon black-and-orange. Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1
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Matt Weinberger | 10:11 | 16.05.2017
We checked out Amazon's new Day 1 skyscraper HQ in Seattle.


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In November 2016, Amazon opened "Day 1" — a 521-foot-tall skyscraper in the heart of downtown Seattle that will serve as its new base of operations.

The most well-known feature of the Day 1 tower is actually outside: A set of three gigantic, glass spheres that will be filled with greenery, including endangered species, when they are completed in 2018.

The idea is to give Amazon employees something of an oasis in the middle of the company's famously demanding corporate culture.

The last time Business Insider swung by the Day 1 location in August 2016, the tower was receiving its finishing touches and the spheres were only half-completed.

I made a return visit in early May while in Seattle for the Microsoft Build conference. There's been a good deal of progress and the project looks impressive. Here's a look at the Day 1 tower and the mysterious glass biospheres that have sprouted up at its base:

This is Day 1 — Amazon's new skyscraper headquarters, which opened in November 2016. It's 37 stories tall. The name refers to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos mantra that "it's always day 1;" a reminder to never rest on your laurels.
This is Day 1 — Amazon's new skyscraper headquarters, which opened in November 2016. It's 37 stories tall. The name refers to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos mantra that "it's always day 1;" a reminder to never rest on your laurels.
» more This is Day 1 — Amazon's new skyscraper headquarters, which opened in November 2016. It's 37 stories tall. The name refers to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos mantra that "it's always day 1;" a reminder to never rest on your laurels. (Wikimedia Commons)

As you approach the Day 1 tower, you may notice a message on its side. From up close, it's kind of hard to make out...
As you approach the Day 1 tower, you may notice a message on its side. From up close, it's kind of hard to make out...
» more As you approach the Day 1 tower, you may notice a message on its side. From up close, it's kind of hard to make out... (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)

...but if you step away, you can see that it says "Hello World," a reference to the classic example used to demonstrate new programming languages or concepts.
...but if you step away, you can see that it says "Hello World," a reference to the classic example used to demonstrate new programming languages or concepts.
» more ...but if you step away, you can see that it says "Hello World," a reference to the classic example used to demonstrate new programming languages or concepts. (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)

The building also houses Amazon Go, the retailer's version of a convenience store of the future. Right now, it's only open to Amazon employees, with no timeline for opening to the public.
The building also houses Amazon Go, the retailer's version of a convenience store of the future. Right now, it's only open to Amazon employees, with no timeline for opening to the public.
» more The building also houses Amazon Go, the retailer's version of a convenience store of the future. Right now, it's only open to Amazon employees, with no timeline for opening to the public. (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)
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What makes the store so special is that there are no cash registers or lines — it uses cutting-edge computer vision and payments technology so that you can just walk out with whatever you want.
What makes the store so special is that there are no cash registers or lines — it uses cutting-edge computer vision and payments technology so that you can just walk out with whatever you want.
» more What makes the store so special is that there are no cash registers or lines — it uses cutting-edge computer vision and payments technology so that you can just walk out with whatever you want. (Amazon)

But far and away, the most impressive part of the Day 1 campus are the famous Spheres: Three gigantic glass domes that will be filled full of exotic and endangered flora.
But far and away, the most impressive part of the Day 1 campus are the famous Spheres: Three gigantic glass domes that will be filled full of exotic and endangered flora.
» more But far and away, the most impressive part of the Day 1 campus are the famous Spheres: Three gigantic glass domes that will be filled full of exotic and endangered flora. (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)

Not to put too fine a point on it, but they're huge. They range from 80 to 90 feet tall.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but they're huge. They range from 80 to 90 feet tall.
» more Not to put too fine a point on it, but they're huge. They range from 80 to 90 feet tall. (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)

The domes are impressively massive. Here are some workers on the outside of the dome, for scale.
The domes are impressively massive. Here are some workers on the outside of the dome, for scale.
» more The domes are impressively massive. Here are some workers on the outside of the dome, for scale. (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)

Last time we visited, in the summer of 2016, this one on the end hadn't had all of its glass installed. Now, things are looking good.
Last time we visited, in the summer of 2016, this one on the end hadn't had all of its glass installed. Now, things are looking good.
» more Last time we visited, in the summer of 2016, this one on the end hadn't had all of its glass installed. Now, things are looking good. (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)

It's difficult to see with the mirrored sides, but if you squint, you can see that Amazon has started to fill the sphere with its first few plants.
It's difficult to see with the mirrored sides, but if you squint, you can see that Amazon has started to fill the sphere with its first few plants.
» more It's difficult to see with the mirrored sides, but if you squint, you can see that Amazon has started to fill the sphere with its first few plants. (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)

(Here's an official Amazon photo of the first plant going into the soil from the inside.)
(Here's an official Amazon photo of the first plant going into the soil from the inside.)
» more (Here's an official Amazon photo of the first plant going into the soil from the inside.) (Amazon)

When they open in 2018, the domes are intended to be the center of Amazon employee life. Outside the domes, you can already see some of the green space and weather-shielding canopies already in place. The domes are only for employees, but these areas are for anybody.
When they open in 2018, the domes are intended to be the center of Amazon employee life. Outside the domes, you can already see some of the green space and weather-shielding canopies already in place. The domes are only for employees, but these areas are for anybody.
» more When they open in 2018, the domes are intended to be the center of Amazon employee life. Outside the domes, you can already see some of the green space and weather-shielding canopies already in place. The domes are only for employees, but these areas are for anybody. (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)

And the sphere-area dog park is already in full operation.
And the sphere-area dog park is already in full operation.
» more And the sphere-area dog park is already in full operation. (Matt Weinberger/Business Insider)

And in case you were wondering about the internals of the Day 1 tower, here's a look inside, courtesy of Amazon. This is the lobby area, when you first walk in:
And in case you were wondering about the internals of the Day 1 tower, here's a look inside, courtesy of Amazon. This is the lobby area, when you first walk in:
» more And in case you were wondering about the internals of the Day 1 tower, here's a look inside, courtesy of Amazon. This is the lobby area, when you first walk in: (Amazon)

There's an airy common area for Amazonians to share a cup of coffee, featuring the backside of the "Hello World" sign.
There's an airy common area for Amazonians to share a cup of coffee, featuring the backside of the "Hello World" sign.
» more There's an airy common area for Amazonians to share a cup of coffee, featuring the backside of the "Hello World" sign. (Amazon)

Notice how the lighting is all done up in Amazon black-and-orange.
Notice how the lighting is all done up in Amazon black-and-orange.
» more Notice how the lighting is all done up in Amazon black-and-orange. (Amazon)

Amazon tries to put some green space inside the building, too.
Amazon tries to put some green space inside the building, too.
» more Amazon tries to put some green space inside the building, too. (Amazon)

The hallways are austere and modern.
The hallways are austere and modern.
The hallways are austere and modern. (Amazon)


Finally, in case you were wondering, the name "Day 1" itself refers to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' famous philosophy about never resting on your laurels: "Staying in Day 1 requires you to experiment patiently, accept failures, plant seeds, protect saplings, and double down when you see customer delight." Re: Photos Showing Why Amazon's New Skyscraper HQ Was Named Day 1