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December 24, 2013
Historically, Stanford says, companies often viewed buildings as simply a cost. Now they’re beginning to think about them as an asset — something that can be used to drive creativity and performance and attract and retain talent.
Nature plays a prominent role in all of these new buildings, Gissen says. He notes that there will be three immense, plant-filled spheres at Amazon’s new headquarters.
Architect John Savo of NBBJ explains that the idea of a plant-filled conservatory was to create a place where Amazon employees could think and work more productively and creatively.
“There’s ample studies out there that indicate that people walking in an urban street are thinking and feeling very differently than people walking in a park. In the parkland, they’re both more relaxed and can concentrate better,” he says.
Architecture critic Allison Arieff, who writes for the New York Times and other publications, says tech companies talk a lot about serendipitous exchanges fostering new ideas. But she’s not convinced the deliberately self-contained suburban buildings will facilitate that.
“The only people that you’re really running into are your co-workers, and at a certain point that leads to a certain level of navel-gazing, I think, because you’re only ever talking to people who sort of agree with what you’re saying,” she says.