Amazon.com Inc shared news of an expansion into India today, opening its first owned international campus in Hyderabad. The new campus also marks the company’s largest location to date, measuring in at 1.8 million square feet. If the built area were to be spread out, it would span over 68 acres, which is the equivalent to 65 football fields. 15,000 Amazon employees will call the space their new office, in comparison to around 5,000 employees at its largest Seattle, WA buildings. Amazon had to install elevators that are able to simultaneously move 972 people in order to accommodate the facility’s population.
Amazon designed the interior of the Hyderabad facility with efficiency in mind, assigning each of the 12 floors to a single product category, ranging from crafts to music. The company is also using the space to test out new in-house products and services like Alexa Pod and the Inside Day 1 Alexa Skill, a beta service that will use Alexa to boost employee engagement at work. The building was designed using a combination of granite, glass and metal—so much metal that the facility contains over 2.5 times more steel than the Eiffel Tower. Other notable features range from interfaith prayer rooms to a full-on helipad.
Watch the campus come to life and tour its interior below.
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