Three years ago, Amazon.com Inc.’s horticulturalist was giving Jeff Bezos a preview of what the company’s three plant-filled spheres–the centerpiece of its $4 billion downtown Seattle office project–would look like on opening day.
One rendering showed the view from a 30-foot-high suspension bridge looking down on a tree. The next showed the same tree as it would look five years later, branches stretching high above the bridge to form a canopy, giving Amazonians the feeling of walking through a rainforest.
Bezos didn’t want to wait for the little tree to grow.
“The question I got back was, ‘well, can we have year five on day one,’” says Ron Gagliardo, the project’s lead horticulturalist. “And that’s kind of been our motto ever since.”