2nd & Pike will be a 400-foot-tall tower (39-stories) located in the heart of Seattle’s downtown—home to the Central Business District, retail shopping core and the historic Pike Place Market. The 567,403 square foot building (52,713 m2) will provide 340 luxury apartments (each averaging 950 square feet), a dog park, 12,000 square feet of retail, a ‘sky-bar’ restaurant, rooftop fitness club, and four glass-floored observation cubes providing unobstructed views to Pike Place Market, Puget Sound and the surrounding urban landscape.
The design is composed of two major forms (podium and tower) and two distinctive material vocabularies (dark and textured, and light and smooth). These contrasting forms and textures meet at the corner of 2nd and Pike, resulting in a rich, street-level tapestry of material, shape and structure. The podium, or base of the building, will be characterized by a strong expression of structure, and the use of dark and richly textured materials, while the tower will take on a cloud-like aesthetic achieved by pulling the building structure inboard of the glazing and incorporating lightly colored spandrels which gradually lighten in tone as they ascend the tower. At its apex, the tower will visually merge into the atmosphere of the city. The project is targeting LEED Silver certification and is slated to open in early 2018. Olson Kundig is the design architect for the building envelope and apartments; Ankrom Moisan Architects is the architect of record.
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