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Jeffrey Underwood, designer
Cassie Kingler, lead designer
Kristine Matthews, creative director
Jill Randerson Exhibit Management, manager of exhibition design
Niteo, lighting designer
Olivia Knapp, illustrator
Belle & Wissell, Co., interactive designer
Dillon Works, fabricator
Graham Baba Architects, architect
Studio Matthews, design firm
Amazon, client

“Amazon’s Spheres offers a work environment more like a rainforest than an office. Understory—referencing the lush habitat between the rainforest floor and canopy—is the fully immersive, 360-degree environmental experience where visitors can get up-close and personal with the structure’s science, engineering and plants. Encircling the central screens are large wood panels featuring etched botanical illustrations of some of the most iconic plants. Surrounding the experience are modular exhibits displaying architectural models; materials, including some of the miles of rebar used to hold up the Spheres; hands-on interactives; and a rotating gallery of plants. An added challenge was designing components with maximum flexibility for programming so they could be removed from the space through a narrow doorway. Modular units on casters, held together with a unique magnetic system, allowed for a highly adaptable environment. Understory was a collaboration between Studio Matthews, Belle & Wissell and Graham Baba Architects.”

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