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Sketched Feb. 16, 2016

Construction of the new Amazon campus in the Denny Triangle is well under way. This week, I watched cranes lowering the steel pieces that frame its centerpiece: a trio of intersecting glass domes that will rise up to eight stories high.

Compared with the bland design of Amazon’s offices in South Lake Union, these domes are a welcome exclamation point in our cityscape. Since the striking Seattle Central Library building opened in 2004, I can’t think of any other architectural wonders that have garnered as much attention.

Spheres, balls, globes? The jury is out on what we may call Amazon’s grand “biodomes,” but I’m sure that by the time they are completed in 2017 they will have become a landmark. I’ll probably say, “Meet me by the giant Bubbleators.”

About the sketches: Noodler’s Ink and Daniel Smith watercolors on 5.5″ x 8.5″ Zeta Series mixed media Stillman & Birn sketchbook.