Day One (building)

Day One

Tower under construction in February 2016
Alternative names Amazon Tower II, Rufus 2.0 Block 19
General information
Status Complete
Type Office building
Address 2101 7th Avenue
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°36′57″N 122°20′23″W / 47.615868°N 122.339850°W / 47.615868; -122.339850Coordinates: 47°36′57″N 122°20′23″W / 47.615868°N 122.339850°W / 47.615868; -122.339850
Construction started 2014
Topped-out December 4, 2015 (2015-12-04)[1]
Opened November 7, 2016 (2016-11-07)
Roof 521 feet (159 m)
Technical details
Floor count 37
Floor area 1,485,500 sq ft (138,010 m2)
Design and construction
Architecture firm NBBJ
Main contractor Sellen Construction

Day One, also known as Amazon Tower II and Rufus 2.0 Block 19,[6] is a 521-foot-tall (159 m) office building in Seattle, Washington that is part of the headquarters of[5] It is part of the three-tower campus that Amazon is developing in the Denny Triangle neighborhood, located at the intersection of Lenora Street and 7th Avenue.

The Amazon campus, designed by Seattle architecture firm NBBJ,[7] was approved by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development in late 2012 and excavation on the 37-story Tower II began under the direction of Sellen Construction in 2014.[8] It opened on November 7, 2016.[9]

The project, covering the entire three-block campus, is also on track to receive LEED Gold certification.[7][10]


The block also features three 80-to-90-foot-tall (24 to 27 m), 65,000-square-foot (6,000 m2) glass spheres facing Lenora Street that will house five stories of flexible work space for 1,800 employees and retail.[11][12][13] The glass-and-steel spheres, separated from the building by a lawn and dog park,[14] was generally met with support and earned the project international press coverage;[15][16][17] one of the few critics included Seattle city design review board member Mathew Albores, who compared its pedestrian hostility to the EMP Museum, offering no rain protection and little retail.[18]

See also


  1. "13 Million Pounds of Structural Steel Later… Block 19 Celebrates Topping Out". Sellen Construction. December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  2. "Amazon Tower II". CTBUH Skyscraper Database.
  3. Amazon Tower II at Emporis
  4. "Construction Updates for Blocks 14, 19 & 20". Sellen Construction. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  5. 1 2 "Rufus 2.0 Block 19". Sellen Construction. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  6. Pryne, Eric (June 8, 2012). "Amazon's 3-block complex has a timetable — and a name". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  7. 1 2 "Amazon at Denny Triangle: Work Global, Live Local". NBBJ. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  8. Cohen, Aubrey (November 30, 2012). "Seattle OKs Amazon towers". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  9. Coombs, Casey (November 7, 2016). "Amazon opens doors of 36-story 'Day One' tower". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  10. Khaikin, Lital. "Amazon's New Seattle Office Aiming For LEED Gold Status". Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  11. Bhatt, Sanjay (August 19, 2013). "Amazon bubble building gets a cellular look". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  12. Stiles, Marc (December 9, 2013). "City signs off on design of Amazon's spherical building". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  13. "3 giant spheres on Lenora will offer 'relaxing getaway spot' for Amazon". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  14. Swisher, Kara (October 26, 2013). "Amazon Builds the Spheres, While Google Opts for the Hulk". AllThingsD. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  15. Johnson, Kirk; Wingfield, Nick (August 25, 2013). "As Amazon Stretches, Seattle's Downtown Is Reshaped". The New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  16. Wainwright, Oliver (December 20, 2013). "Amazon to build futuristic HQ of greenhouse domes in downtown Seattle". The Guardian. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  17. Belton, Padraig (May 1, 2015). "How the tech industry is redesigning the future workplace". BBC News. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  18. Bhatt, Sanjay (May 21, 2013). "Amazon's plan for giant spheres gets mixed reaction". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 8, 2015.

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