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Friday, April 29, 2016

Amazon’s Spheres

4/29/16 Amazon's spheres

Spheres, domes, bubbles, fly eyeballs – they’ve been called many things by locals and tourists alike. (Native “of a certain age” that I am, I can’t help but think of the Bubbleator from the Seattle World’s Fair.) They are definitely a head-turning addition to the north downtown area that is otherwise a canyon of mostly boring, glassy highrises. The spheres are part of Amazon’s brand-new campus of buildings. According to GeekWire, “the unusual buildings will be filled with more than 300 plants, including full-grown trees. It’s designed as a place for Amazon workers to meet, hangout and share ideas.”

After seeing the partially constructed domes in photos and David Chamnesss sketches, I figured I’d better get over there if I wanted to catch them still under construction. Strange as they are, they look quite cool compared to all the ordinary buildings around them. I predict they will be among the most-sketched structures around here in the summer months because they sure are fun to draw! 


  1. Great sketch, Tina! I, too, remember the Bubbleator and agree with your take on this. Your prediction is probably correct, many more sketchers will try their hand at this, now that you've lead the way with a wonderful example.

  2. Looks like the Bubbleator reproduced! Fun sketch, Tina.

  3. Thanks, Michele and Jane! Maybe we should make this an USK outing this summer!


  4. We drove by them this weekend and they certainly accent the space downtown!
    Nice job!