The Emerald

The small (7,350 SF), irregular-shaped site at the SW corner of 2nd Avenue and Stewart Street lends itself to a distinctive design solution for 265 new condominium homes. The shape of the expanded floors take on the shape of the 17-degree shift in the street grid between Downtown and Belltown to strengthen the relationship between the site and architectural form.

Location

121 Stewart St Seattle, WA

typology

Mixed-Use, Residential High-Rise

Client

Mirador CWZ, LLC

Status

Completed  2020

Services

Architecture, Landscape Architecture

colliding grid patterns

While most of Seattle’s streets run north/south, The Emerald is located at the pinnacle of two street grids that operate a bit differently. In the 1800s, Seattle’s founders – Doc Maynard, Arthur Denny and Carson Boren – could not agree on a uniform system, so in true Seattle fashion everyone got a piece of the pie. One grid runs 32 degrees west of north, while its counterpart is 49 degrees west of north. The Emerald’s massing is a result of these colliding grid patterns.

Building Materials

Exterior materials reinforce the unique nature of the faceted tower. A two-story-high, cast glass channel form on the second and third floors contains restaurant and residential amenity uses. This cast glass channel bar creates a third-floor terrace offering a unique vantage point to Pike Place Market’s Elliott Bay views. The shaft of the tower blends transparent, semi-reflective and opaque glass as a means to achieve a clean, uncluttered form. Roof-level amenity spaces and terraces command unobstructed views westward to Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountain range.

expanding floor plates

As the 40-story structure increases in height, the Emerald’s floor plates expand to over 9,100 SF by cantilevering over its southern neighbor, the Broadacres Building.

“The Emerald is one of Seattle's most anticipated condominiums - a jewel rising 40 stories.”

– Forbes