Boom Downtown’s Hope Diamond
posted by February 11 at 9:19 AMon
Today’s Seattle Times has a story on the crystalline Fifth and Columbia Tower, being shoehorned into the same block as the Rainier Club and the First United Methodist Church. In December, Daniel Development revised its plans from a 33-story office building to a 660-foot, 41-story tower, reflecting the surrounding metropolis in its 18 facets. This rendering by Zimmer, Gunsul, Frasca Architects puts it in context with the skyline.
Can the city expect more awesome proposals like this one?
The Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects is sponsoring a public conversation on the future of downtown today at noon at the downtown public library, 1000 Fourth Ave., in the Microsoft Auditorium on Level 1. Speakers include City Librarian Deborah Jacobs, Seattle Art Museum Director Mimi Gates, architect John Nesholm and developer Greg Smith. The event is free.
UPDATE: I just posted a rendering of the comparatively drab ground-floor after the jump.
The top is hot but the bottom is not.
As I said to Cascadian in comments… Most office buildings have grandiose street-level designs that are anathema to sidewalk activity. This building, based on the designs in the last proposal to the city, is an offender on that level. Though I hope it’s not as bad as the Columbia Center—with its cave-like entrances to food courts and mini-banks. The IDX tower, on the other hand, did a great job of integrating itself into the street, with a functional internal thoroughfare and a restaurant on the corner.