Orchids from Ecuador. Carnivorous pitcher plants. Exotic philodendrons.
These are just a few of the more than 3,000 plant species that Amazon is growing to embellish its new headquarters buildings now under construction in Seattle, writes Nick Wingfield. The plants are more than about Amazon going green — they are also a monument to Amazon’s increasing power: While it once shunned displays of its clout, today Amazon is building striking offices befitting its status as one of the world’s most valuable public companies.
And Amazon is hardly the only tech company demonstrating its edifice complex these days. In Cupertino, Calif., Apple has been building a spaceshiplike new campus that had the blessing of co-founder Steven P. Jobs. Not far away in Santa Clara, Calif., Nvidia is erecting a new headquarters, with vast open floors and wavy roofs. And Facebook retained the renowned architect Frank Gehry to design some of its new office buildings in Menlo Park, Calif., that opened last year.