File picture: Reuters/Abhishek N. Chinnappa
File picture: Reuters/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

Amazon second headquarters to get revamp

By Floyd Matlala Time of article published Feb 3, 2021

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In the midst of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ resignation as chief executive officer of the company, the American multinational technology and e-commerce giant reveals a new development of its premises.

The development is expected to see a "nature-infused" design for its second headquarters and are said to be located just outside Washington.

The company’s new design is believed to be the latest part of Amazon's $2.5 billion HQ2 will be a double-helix building surrounded by landscaped gardens with plants native to the region.

The company's global real estate and facilities vice president John Schoettler said the Helix at their Arlington headquarters will offer a variety of alternative work environments for Amazon employees amidst lush gardens and flourishing trees native to the region.

"A true double helix in shape and structure, this unique building will feature two walkable paths of landscaped terrain that will spiral up the outside of the building, featuring plantings you may find on a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia," he said in a statement.

According to Gadgets 360, Amazon said it would include an artist-in-residence programme to be hosted within the Helix that would allow local artists to showcase their work.

"Our designs create open and active spaces that aim to bring people closer to nature in an effort to further nurture innovation and creativity," Schoettler added.

While the company continues to make strides in the corporate space, it also finds itself under heightened scrutiny from antitrust enforcers in the United States and elsewhere for its dominance of key economic sectors, which has become even more pronounced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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