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Now You Can Finally Work in Rainforest Office Complex

Amazon opened a new office in January shaped as a series of glass spheres containing an indoor rainforest. The tech giant’s new building, called the Sphere, in its hometown of Seattle houses more than 40,000 plants made up of more than 400 different species. Plants, trees, sunlight, soil, and water take center stage – the sound of running water and the scent of flowering plants create an instant botanical immersion that takes visitors far away from the urban landscape. "The Spheres are a result of innovative thinking about the character of the workplace and an extended conversation about what is typically missing from urban offices – a direct link to nature," says Amazon in a press release.

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Inquiry: What new office design trends will come in 2018?

Ergonomics-focused offices. A virtual reception and an end to those little plastic cards. A pleasant atmosphere to lure in new employees. Offices where you’ll be happier to work than at home or in a cafe. These are some of the main trends that will be reflected in the designs of new working spaces this year. Ten people from a variety of fields spoke with us about their “office visions for 2018.”

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