When online retail giant Amazon unveiled the design of its new headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C, it was a far cry from the sterile corporate architecture we tend to associate with companies of similar size. The crown jewel of the 3.3-million-square-foot Amazon campus is The Helix—a swirling glass tower that resembles a mountain and features two walkable paths on the outside of the building planted with lush greenery that “you may find on a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.”
Amazon’s striking design was just the latest example of the growing popularity of biophilia in architecture. Urban areas across the globe are undergoing a nature-inspired metamorphosis that is forever changing the environments in which we live, work, and rest.
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