The Helix at Amazon's new HQ 2 in Virginia.NBBJ/Amazon
- Amazon unveiled designs for the next phase of HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia.
- The new headquarters will include three towers with 2.8 million square feet of office space.
- The campus will also be home to the Helix, a glass structure with walking paths spiraling up the outside.
Amazon has unveiled the design for HQ2, its futuristic new campus in northern Virginia.
The new headquarters will be home to 2.8 million square feet of office space across three buildings and 2.5 acres of public space. The centerpiece of the campus will be the Helix, a glass structure with walking paths winding around the outside of the building.
The campus is part of a long-term commitment for Amazon in Arlington, where the company has pledged to create 25,000 jobs and invest $2.5 billion. Amazon is going forward with the project despite the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the company to shutter its offices and have employees work remotely.
Amazon said in a blog post about the new headquarters that it believes the pandemic has only reinforced the need to be part of a community.
The decision to build a new headquarters in Arlington followed a months-long search and competition among American cities to become the next home base for the ecommerce giant. Amazon initially pledged to create 50,000 jobs and invest $5 billion in whichever city it chose before settling on two new locations: Arlington and Queens, New York.
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In early 2019, Amazon announced it was canceling the Queens location following strong opposition from local politicians, but it's still going ahead with the Arlington campus.
Now, Amazon has taken the wraps off the second phase of construction, which includes public space and a nature-focused design. Take a look.