Seattle, WA


The Emerald

Adjacent to Pike Place Market and on the edge between downtown and Belltown, The Emerald is a new high-rise condominium project that enjoys one of the most unique and “authentically Seattle” addresses.

The small, irregular shaped site lends itself to a distinctive design solution. As the 439 ft, 40-story structure increases in height, the floor plates expand to over 9,100 sf by cantilevering over its neighbor. The shape of the expanded floors take on the shape of the shifting street grid pattern and strengthens a relationship between the site and architectural form.Roof-level amenity spaces and terraces will command sweeping views westward to Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountain range.

Exterior materials reinforce the unique nature of the cantilevered, angled form. 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 cuts across the site creating a residential amenity terrace on the third floor and offers a vantage point to Pike Place Market for restaurant patrons and residents alike. The shaft of the tower above is a blend of transparent, semi-reflective, and opaque glass as a means to achieve a clean, uncluttered form.

The Emerald’s residents will share in the excitement of the energy of the Market, the Seattle Waterfront, and downtown commercial core within steps from their home.

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Status: Under Construction
Location: Seattle, WA, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Andersen Construction, General Contractor