With almost half a full city block to play with, designing a tower at 500 Terry presented some enticing options. The size of the site compared with the maximum allowed size of the tower’s floor plates created an opportunity to develop a robust public amenity in the form of a 4,000 sf landscaped open space rarely seen on private projects. We engaged the Seattle Parks Department who supported our design of a corner garden plaza which would also double as the building’s entry, creating a valuable asset for the neighborhood and the building’s residents.
From this generous space, a 240 foot tower rises, fractured into three vertical shafts that reduce the massing bulk and draw the eye upward. The north component is the resting anchor of the building with a podium that wraps itself around the base and speaks to the neighboring low rise apartment buildings. The south component – a lighter expression of height and grace – floats above the podium, mediated by a middle seam. These three segments break the scale of the building while still allowing for the large 12,000 sf floor plates.
Source: Weber Thompson