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Understory at Amazon Spheres

Client: Amazon, Seattle, Washington Design Team: Kristine Matthews, Cassie Klingler, lead exhibition designers; Jeffrey Underwood, designer. Belle & Wissell, media and interactive designers. Graham Baba Architects, interior architecture, design and concept. Jill Randerson Exhibition Management, project and content management. Niteo, lighting designers. Olivia Knapp, plant illustrator. Photos: Ben Benschneider

The Spheres — Amazon’s latest addition to its 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 are 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.