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Amazon's Seattle biodome campus clears design board [Photos]

A Seattle city review board has given the thumbs-up to an ambitious and unusual biodome design proposed by Amazon as part of its new downtown campus.

On Wednesday, Seattle's Design Review Board approved the design by architectural firm NBBJ.

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According to Geekwire, the architects persuaded the review board that the design would be "engaging and inviting to the public passing by."

Amazon is just one of many tech companies pursuing a distinctive new campus design. Apple's spaceship campus was just recently approved by the City Council of Cupertino, Calif. And Facebook is working with architect Frank Gehry on a planned expansion of its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters.

Amazon's plans now move to the Seattle Department of Planning and Development; approval could come in a couple of months.

When completed, the new campus will include 3.3 million square feet of office and retail space and will cover three city blocks. The three biodomes will be adjacent to three 28-story office towers.

As Geekwire notes, Amazon is growing like crazy. The company has tripled the number of employees in the last three years and shows no signs of slowing down.

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