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West Edge

Seattle, Washington

West Edge

Seattle, Washington

  • Design Principal

    Tom Kundig

  • Principal

    Kirsten R. Murray

This 39-story, 440-foot-tall mixed-use skyscraper is located at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Pike Street in Seattle’s downtown core. Containing 390 residential units, a destination Sky Bar on the eighth floor, four glass-floored observation cubes with unobstructed views to Pike Place Market and Puget Sound, and ground level retail, the highly contextual tower graces this significant area of Seattle with respect.

Located in the heart of Seattle’s Market District, the design responds to the urban setting at street level and emphasizes the expansive natural beauty unveiled above. The lower seven stories relate to the pedestrian experience and the history of early urban buildings in Seattle, which hovered around the seven-story height. Above, the remaining 32 stories take on another character. Playing off the design of nearby Seattle Tower, which progresses from darker to lighter colored brick ascending the structure, the exterior metal panels and spandrel glass at 2nd & Pike Tower transition from gray to white on the upper levels. Here, the tower’s silvery color palette offers a subtle nod to the character of our Pacific Northwest skies. The project is LEED® Silver certified.

This building is intended to be an urban, forward‑thinking, dense, exciting place with active public spaces that engage the city streets and Seattle’s downtown culture. Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA

Team

Publications

2018

“5 Architectural Approaches That Are Shaping The Way We Live.” The Seattle Times, 16 Sept. 2018, J12, J14, J16, J18. Print.

“Apartments offer high-rise living in soul of Seattle.” The Seattle Times, 25 Aug. 2018, D8. Print.

“Apartments entice with high-rise living in ‘soul of Seattle’.” The Seattle Times, 23 Aug. 2018. Web.

Crees, Caitlin. “Step into Blissful Living in the Heart of Downtown Seattle at West Edge.” Seattle Magazine, 30 Nov. 2018. Web.

Dunham, Sandy Deneau. “5 architectural approaches that are shaping the way we live.” The Seattle Times, 12 Sept. 2018. Web.

“High-rise makes a bold statement inside and out.” The Seattle Times, 29 Sept. 2018, D9. Print.

“High-rise makes a bold statement inside and out.” The Seattle Times, 27 Sept. 2018. Web.

“New high-rise apartments offer unique urban lifestyle.” The Seattle Times, 28 July 2018, D1, D8, D9. Print.

“New high-rise apartments at Second and Pike offer unique urban lifestyle.” The Seattle Times, 27 July 2018. Web.

“Urban Visions and Mitsui Fudosan Announce Opening of Seattle’s West Edge.” The Registry, 9 May 2018. Web.

2017

Crowe, Melissa. “The List: Puget Sound Region Construction Projects.” Puget Sound Business Journal, 29 Dec. 2017. Web.

Stubbs, Jack. “Integrating West Edge Tower into Seattle’s Ethos – Q&A with Tom Kundig.” The Registry, 7 Dec. 2017. Web.

2016

Durslag, Haley. “Building Blocks.” Seattle Magazine, Apr. 2016, 40-42. Print.

Durslag, Haley. “New 2nd & Pike Tower to Bring More Residential Units Downtown.” Seattle Magazine, 26 April 2016. Web.

Girda, Alex. “Mitsui Fudosan Joins Urban Visions in Pike/Pine High-Rise.” Multi-Housing News, 8 Feb. 2016. Web.

“HFF arranges equity for 2nd & Pike.” Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, 11 Feb. 2016. Web.

“HFF Arranges Joint Venture Equity for 2nd & Pike in Downtown Seattle.” Business Wire, 4 Feb. 2016. Web.

2015

“2nd & Pike tower will be ‘transformational’.” Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, 24 July 2015. Web.

Girda, Alex. “Urban Visions’ Vision of Luxury in Pike/Pine Now Underway.” Multi-Housing News, 3 Aug. 2015. Web.

“Industry News for July 28, 2015: 2nd & Pike Rising in Seattle.” Elevator World, Inc., 28 July 2015. Web.

Stribling, Dees. “2nd & Pike, Connector Apartments to Pike Place Market Underway.” Bisnow, 29 July 2015. Web.