Located on one of the more southerly Fairview super-blocks in South Lake Union, 425 Fairview Avenue will provide much needed housing in a neighborhood that is suddenly dense with new commercial office buildings. These office buildings contain large-scale tech and biomedical companies slated to add thousands of jobs every year. The current challenge for these employees however, is finding convenient, walkable housing.
This project will address this anticipated demand with this half-block project containing 433 residential units, 10,000 sf of retail and below grade parking split among two buildings – one a 7-story Type III mid-rise and the other a Type I 24-story high rise.
The elongated, large-plate high-rise tower is sculpted and modulated with angles and chevrons that facet the face of a playful window wall, which is animated with shifting patterns of varied color and sheen. These patterns allude to the fascinating binary patterns that are inherent to the work of the many technology and life science companies that have grown like weeds in this burgeoning part of Seattle. An illuminated vertical architectural feature will draw the eye to the top of the tower, which will include a roof top garden and an illuminated cut out that is affectionately known as “The Notch”. The base of the tower includes masonry “shoulders” with deep punched windows. These heavy and dense corner elements serve to ground the tower, which is deliberately airy and light.
The mid-rise wood frame structure is broken into carefully proportioned and thoughtfully layered elements that break down the elongated mass into a more human scale. Upgraded materials include: Equitone through-body cementitious panels, metal panels, and Corten. The project will support substantial retail in its base, with a glass box “glassket” retail element serving to transition between the tower and the mid-rise structure.
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