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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

September 19, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Amazon gets colorful — and green — with new downtown towers

The new skyscrapers that Amazon.com is building for its new Seattle headquarters will be the greenest buildings in town – literally.

New renderings submitted to the city’s design review board show that the buildings will get bold exterior colors, including a 500-foot-tall green slab of metal and glass rising above the north end of downtown.

Perhaps the green accents will help persuade Seattle to let Amazon bend its development rules a bit to accommodate the company’s preferred design of its massive new campus. More colorful exteriors may also appease architecture enthusiasts who were hoping for a bolder statement.

Amazon may begin construction next year on the first building in the cluster, which includes three skyscrapers. It will be the company’s first owned headquarters and the largest urban campus of any tech company in the nation.

The design board will discuss the project at its Sept. 25 meeting, the fifth and perhaps final review session before the project moves into the permitting process.

Here’s a sample of the colorful new renderings:

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A view from Seventh:

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Looking to the north and east, from above:

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Looking to the south and east:

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One of the variations from design rules that Amazon’s requesting:

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Kind of euro — just in time for Oktoberfest:

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