Amazon’s newest headquarters will be an architect’s and an arborist’s dream. The Washington Post reports that county lawmakers recently approved Amazon’s HQ2. Located in Arlington, Virginia, this second headquarters for the e-commerce giant will be thousands of miles away from its current headquarters in Seattle. One of the coolest features of the $2.5 billion-dollar project is the 350-foot tall helix-shaped building will be the trees and mountain trail around its exterior. Amazon plans to allow visitors to climb the skyscraper during select weekends. The Amazon campus, which is expected to employ 25,000 workers once it’s fully operational, will feature various office buildings, an outdoor park, a high school, and various shops.
As the map via the Washington Post shows below, the campus is extremely close to the Pentagon, Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport, and our nation’s capital. Unfortunately, with the rising amount of gentrification and rent around D.C., and the increasing amount of distrust for one of the most powerful companies in the United States, this project could make the divide between rich and poor even greater. Hopefully, Amazon does more to help make sure their workers and locals have access to affordable housing. The campus is set to open in 2025.Image Credits: Amazon, The Washington Post