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Tue Feb 2, 2021, 11:28 AM

Amazon unveils 22-story Helix building as heart of HQ2 campus in Arlington

Washington Post
By Fredrick Kunkle
Feb. 2, 2021

Amazon unveiled plans Tuesday to build a 22-story, futuristic building modeled after a double helix to serve as the centerpiece of its Arlington, Va., headquarters.

In artistsí renderings, the 350-foot-tall building ó designed by the architectural firm NBBJ to reflect natureís fondness for the helix in areas from DNA to the Milky Way galaxy ó climbs above its National Landing neighborhood like the swirl on an ice cream cone or the tip of a giant screw that has punched through the Earthís surface.

Amazon officials said the structure is intended to be an alternative workspace, not a traditional office building, where employees would be able to air out ideas and find downtime beyond their cubicles. Trees dot terraces along two walkways that spiral upward, evoking the feel of a stroll through the Blue Ridge Mountains. The streetscape below, with wood-frame retail pavilions and green space, is designed to appeal to people and keep them around when the workday ends.

Company officials said they want the corporate complex to blend with the neighborhood, offering features such as a community center, an amphitheater, a dog run, new bicycle lanes and 2.5 acres of green space that would be open to anyone. The Helix would include an artists-in-residence program and on occasional weekends would open its doors to the public.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/02/02/amazon-arlingon-headquarters-helix/

One has to ask, will the bathrooms be decorated with anti-union messages? I suppose they can afford all this architectural excess on the backs of low-paid workers.

Doesn't this look like it was based on a poop emoticon?

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Reply Amazon unveils 22-story Helix building as heart of HQ2 campus in Arlington (Original post)
Wicked Blue Feb 2021 OP
Wounded Bear Feb 2021 #1
Wicked Blue Feb 2021 #2
aidbo Feb 2021 #10
ananda Feb 2021 #12
lapucelle Feb 2021 #3
Wicked Blue Feb 2021 #4
lapucelle Feb 2021 #6
Johnny2X2X Feb 2021 #9
lapucelle Feb 2021 #15
arlyellowdog Feb 2021 #5
PirateRo Feb 2021 #7
arlyellowdog Feb 2021 #11
PirateRo Feb 2021 #13
ornotna Feb 2021 #8
Hortensis Feb 2021 #14
brooklynite Feb 2021 #16
Wicked Blue Feb 2021 #17
DavidDvorkin Feb 2021 #18
eleny Feb 2021 #19

Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 11:38 AM

1. Looks like the screw they're shoving up workers' asses...

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 11:39 AM

2. You're right!

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 12:38 PM

10. Amazon: "We'll screw you all"

 

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 12:42 PM

12. Good one. And boy it's ugly anyway!

!!!

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 11:40 AM

3. Did you actually read the story?

Company officials said they want the corporate complex to blend with the neighborhood, offering features such as a community center, an amphitheater, a dog run, new bicycle lanes and 2.5 acres of green space that would be open to anyone. The Helix would include an artists-in-residence program and on occasional weekends would open its doors to the public.

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The tech company, which has been criticized in Seattle as a domineering neighbor that has overlooked the side effects of growth, such as gentrification and homelessness, has taken steps to win over Northern Virginia. The company donated $9 million last year to local nonprofit organizations, including health clinics, literacy projects and groups seeking to advance the cause of racial equity.

This month, the companyís Housing Equity Fund teamed with the nonprofit Washington Housing Conservancy to purchase Crystal House, an 825-unit apartment complex, as affordable housing.


Have you read this one?

Amazon Sets $15 Minimum Wage For U.S. Employees, Including Temps

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/02/653597466/amazon-sets-15-minimum-wage-for-u-s-employees-including-temps

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Response to lapucelle (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 11:43 AM

4. Yes, did you see this one?

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100215041816

The anti-union stuff really bothers me.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 12:07 PM

6. That's fairly typical when a workplace is trying to unionize. N/T

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Response to lapucelle (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 12:37 PM

9. We can applaud this and still criticize their anti union stances

When companies like Amazon do something right, we should applaud it and praise them. Doesn't mean we stop fighting them on other issues. Amazon is building a fantastic structure here that is going to help the community, they've made an enormous effort to enrich the city with this, good for them.

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Response to Johnny2X2X (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 01:11 PM

15. I agree. N/T

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 11:43 AM

5. It's Arlington

It has a dog run

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Response to arlyellowdog (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 12:21 PM

7. Oh, that's in the theme of the poo emoji!

I wonder if they make you pick up the poo or celebrate it?

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Response to PirateRo (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 12:40 PM

11. Arlington: you pick it up

And carry it to your own trash or Nextdoor explodes

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Response to arlyellowdog (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 12:43 PM

13. Wait...wut? OMG!

Youíve hit on whatís wrong with society! How did we ever get here without it! Youíve done it, youíre brilliant!

And explosive poo emoji!

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 12:30 PM

8. Uzumaki

This will not end well.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 12:46 PM

14. I love the gardens, and nature loves the helix.

Galaxies, genetic codes, seashells, soft serve ice creams, and yes animal poop. I donít have the mathematical knowledge to really appreciate it, but itís an eternal magnificent, magical wonder.

I think the people who chose this design are a lot more in tune with the wonders of the universe than those who look at it and see poop. Iíd like to visit someday.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 01:12 PM

16. Jobs which could have been in NYC...

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #16)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 01:34 PM

17. +100 nt

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 01:52 PM

18. I love the helical garden on the outside

A lot of workers would probably walk up that way to their office instead of taking the elevator.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 02:12 PM

19. My immediate reaction is that I love it

The integration of gardens is the future. It's inspired.

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