Colorful, Mondrian-style details play off of Axis’s consistent, strong podium, reflecting the 60s era architecture of the Seattle Center and the quieter, brick buildings of Queen Anne’s Uptown neighborhood. Located at the west entrance to Seattle Center, Axis takes its design cues from the surrounding context. It seamlessly transitions from residential to commercial, and private to public, creating a cohesive whole that reflects the best of urban living.
The north edge of the structure holds tight to John Street, reinforcing the neighborhood’s tradition of buildings generally coming to the sidewalk. Along Second Avenue, the building steps back, creating a long open space for more than half of its length. This breaks down the scale of the building into a grouping of elements, more in character with the neighborhood’s scale and a counterpoint to the Pacific Science Center across the street. This urban court is a signature space and marks the main building entry.