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Understory at Amazon Spheres

Client: Amazon, Seattle, Washington Design Team: Principal: Kristine Matthews / Project Lead: Cassie Klingler / Designer: Jeffrey Underwood / Illustrator: Olivia Knapp / Media and Interactive Design: Belle & Wissell / Interior Architecture: Graham Baba Architects / Exhibition Management: Jill Randerson Exhibition Management / Lighting Design: Niteo Photos: Ben Benschneider

The Spheres — part of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters — is an innovative building offering employees a work environment that’s more like a rainforest than an office. To explain this groundbreaking new space, Amazon established a free, public visitor center at The Spheres called Understory. The name refers to the lush habitat between the rainforest floor and canopy. Understory provides a fully immersive, 360-degree experience where visitors can get up close and personal with the science, engineering, and plants behind The Spheres. Surrounding the central media experience is a series of modular exhibits displaying architectural models, materials, hands-on interactives, and a rotating gallery of plants. The project was collaboration between Studio Matthews, Belle & Wissell and Graham Baba Architects.