Seattle, Washington, USA
Project 2019 —

The Belltown project, located in the historical Seattle neighborhood of the same name, is an 11-storey mixed use building containing nine floors of residential units hovering above an actively programmed ground floor with retail spaces, various health and wellness uses, communal working spaces, a restaurant, kiosks and a coffee shop. The project operates at the scale of the street, the block and the neighborhood offering urban connections for residents and the community at large.

The building responds to its context with two distinct facades.

On First Avenue a classically arranged copper and glass volume relates to its adjacent brick neighbors, the Hull Building and the Glaser Building. At the pedestrian level, two curved vitrines provide a continuous active street front and mark the entry point of a public laneway leading to the rear alley.

The rear façade is composed with the identical architectural elements and material palette of the front façade, but its overall geometry progressively steps back giving all residents an uninterrupted view out to Elliot Bay. The resulting stepped, crescent-shaped volume brings light and air to a large planted terrace, the public laneway and the alley below.

The project’s side walls step up in height from the Hull and Glazer buildings; clad with pigmented grooved mineral panels, they create an expanse of texture reminiscent of the brick party walls prevalent throughout Belltown and Seattle’s downtown, where city blocks are often composed of structures of various heights.

From afar, the building’s silhouette can be perceived as either a singular volume or as a series of slender stepped elements.
Herzog & de Meuron, 2021


This project was developed in collaboration with an architect licensed in Washington acting as the "Architect of Record". Herzog & de Meuron is not licensed to practice architecture in the state of Washington.


Herzog & de Meuron Team:
Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger, Simon Demeuse (Partner in Charge)

Project Team: Lukasz Szlachcic (Project Manager)
Bruno de Almeida Martins, Javier de Cárdenas Canomanuel, Jonathan Caron, Paolo Catrambone, Massimo Corradi, Carla Ferrando, Erik Fichter, Carly Gertler, Vasileios Kalisperakis, Shahrokh Kamyabsharifi, Sahng O Lee, Joanne (Po-Tsen) Meng, Alessandro Musolino, Raneen Nosh, Mehmet Noyan, Albert Palazón, Johannes Pfeifle, Jos Reinders, Andrea Rüegsegger, Roel Schiffers, Hugh Scott Moncrieff, Ola Sjöberg, Aleksandar Slavikovic, Alexander Stern, Marina Tsintzeli, Martin Zizka


Burrard Properties LLC, Seattle, USA


Client Representative:
Matt Motland


Design Consultant: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Executive Architect: Hewitt Architects, Seattle, USA
MEP Engineering: WSP, Seattle, USA
Structural Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers, Seattle, USA


Facade: Green Facades, Seattle, USA
Acoustic: A3 Acoustics, Seattle, USA
Vertical Circulation: Lerch Bates, Seattle, USA
Sustainability: PAE, Seattle, USA
Traffic: Walker Consultants, Seattle, USA
Lighting: Fischer Marantz Stone, Seattle, USA

Building data:
Site Area: 13'310 sqft / 1'236 sqm
Gross floor area (GFA): 148'739 sqft / 13'818 sqm
GFA above ground: 133'011 sqft / 12'357 sqm
GFA below ground:  15'728 sqft / 1'461 sqm
Number of levels: 16
Footprint: 13'310 sqft / 1'236 sqm
Length: 120 ft / 36 m
Width: 110 ft / 33 m
Height: 110 ft / 33 m

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