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.
121 Stewart St Seattle, WA
Mixed-Use, Residential High-Rise
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.
“Promises of forever-unobstructed views of downtown Seattle’s waterfront are among selling points of this 40-story tower to open this year above the Emerald City’s Pike Place Market. The tower’s materials echo the natural landscape surrounding Puget Sound.” – Jeffery Steele, Forbes
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.”