First Light

From $807,677 to over $5,101,677
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1101 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA
459 Units
48 Stories
0 - 3 Bedrooms
Est. Compl. Fall/Winter 2023
393 - 2755 SqFt
$1993 per SqFt
First Light is a new condo development currently under construction at 1101 2nd Avenue, Seattle. The development is scheduled for completion in 2023. Available units range in price from $807,677 to over $5,101,677. First Light has a total of 459 units. Sizes range from 393 to 2755 square feet.

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24/7 Concierge
Residents' Salon
Secret Garden
Screening Lounge
Residential Gallery
Wellness Center
Sky Pool
Bike Clubhouse
Pet Services
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From $807,677 to over $5,101,677
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$1993 per SqFt
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First Light Summary

‘Light as a common thread’ comes from an essay of the same name by artist John Hogan, describing the artwork he has created for our project, First Light in Seattle. Hogan’s pieces together as a collection are called ‘Light as a Common Thread.’ His essay centres around this theme, these works, his practice and the idea of being offered the chance to do something you’ve never done before with collaborators who have partnered successfully with dozens of well-known artists on many other projects.

In the context of our decision to make Seattle one of the four core cities of focus for our practice, First Light is part of the troika of projects leading our efforts in this city. While each is unique, each share a clear commonality of language and each exhibit a high degree of artistry.

With First Light, we have the opportunity once more to work with our first artistic mentor, architect James Cheng. Our collaboration in Vancouver marked the beginning of Westbank’s journey over 20 years ago and having worked together on projects that have changed the trajectory of the built environment in Vancouver and Toronto, it seems only fitting that a new collaboration with James Cheng Architects forms part of our dive into Seattle.

In each of Westbank’s partnerships with JKMC Architects, one of the integral parts of our design process has been to bring in other collaborators. With First Light, we’ve teamed up with John Hogan, a Seattle-based artist who works predominantly in glass, whose oeuvre spans both functional objects and sculpture, focusing on changing radiant energy through the refraction of light.

Our collaboration with John Hogan continues our practice of offering our projects as canvasses for some of the most respected artists in the world. With First Light, John Hogan has been invited to use the canvas of the building to explore how light and glass can combine to create thousands of luminous sculptural moments throughout the project. At the core of the project’s design, this veil is one of the ways we are attempting to integrate art and architecture and to continue exploring the design philosophy of layering that began in our work with Kengo Kuma. In recognition of the condition of lightness, softness and of layering that the artist is creating, the building itself is kept simple and quiet. Much like you would expect from an art museum; the architecture creates the conditions to showcase and elevate the art.

John’s work will be incorporated throughout the project, in the veil, in a multisensory space in the residential lobby and a secret garden on the roof, in a second veil around the amenity space and in unique, one-off light sculptures inside each home. In this way, the project not only demonstrates the concept of layering, it also represents a natural progression of the Total Work of Art which we began at Vancouver House. Another core theme we are weaving into the project is the idea of bringing nature back into cities, where this project will be infused throughout with natural elements and layered with gardens and apple orchards. The interiors in each home will feature Applewood, creating a continuity of design between the natural exteriors and the materiality of interiors.

First Light is a story of collaboration. This quality of work only happens by bringing together like minded people with the common goal of producing something extraordinarily good. This is a much more difficult process requiring much more effort than is typical, but in the end we have found that there is no substitute for this level of effort and that the outcomes are more than worth it.

This exhibition and this catalogue are our attempts at capturing the thinking behind what we hope will be one of our first and finest examples of a project which combines all of the core themes we have been exploring in recent years. The thinking around these themes will continue to evolve, as the project evolves. We invite city-builders in Seattle to follow the journey along with us.

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Features & Finishes

The residential interiors at First Light echo the three core themes of industrial materiality, elevation of craft and purity of design that are expressed throughout the project. The corridors and public spaces of the building are kept simple and pure; with recessed cove lighting along the halls, minimally expressed door frames and fine-grain minimal details, even in such touch- es as the suite numeral fonts and door finishings. Inside each residential home, a cool, natural palette extends throughout with subtle yet starkly contrasting design details. Residents will be able to choose one of two offerings. The first features raw architectural concrete columns, white oak floors, matte white cabinetry and millwork with black inserts. The second features a matte black lacquered kitchen with white inserts. JKMCA collaborated heavily with a custom kitchen manufacturer from Italy, sourced by leading furniture maker B&B Italia, to achieve a design that reflects the beautiful aesthetic of the homes. The primary washrooms, with integrated Kohler custom plumbing fixtures, will feature terrazzo tile, with the vanity countertop and tub surround in honed Super White quartzite, a frameless glass shower enclosure, luminous-mirror medicine cabinets, matte black hardware and bath accessories (with gold and fluted glass in the penthouse units). Every detail in the residences will express an elevated and sophisticated minimalism; over-height door frames cradle glass partitions and custom matte black finishes and lighting will define these spaces as not only homes but total works of art.
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#100, 1101 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
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