| 16 : 00 – 7 October 2018 |
400 Fairview – A mixed use building in Seattle designed by SkB Architects intends to foster open, active and connected urban community sense.
Created as a response to the neighborhood context, the project has a interior retail market hall, which occupies the street level. A light well lit’s up the interior of the building further connecting the upper podium office levels to the street. The exterior pre-cast module building facade is composed of rectangular window grids of varying sizes.
Restaurant spaces on ground floor
White striking office block
The 13 storey building’s upper tower has a wavy facade which helps to break monotony of orthogonal city grids and to provide enhanced views. The top floor of this LEED Platinum certified building has a rooftop restaurant. Open to public, the terrace provides stunning views of the surrounding neighborhood.
From the Architects –
The nature of development in the urban realm is changing from buildings that are predominantly single-purpose structures into multi-use destinations and connected communities—and 400 Fairview embodies this change. At thirteen stories and 337,000-square-feet, this mixed-use building was conceived as a catalyst for urban engagement.
Seating spaces along pavement and building block
Designed to knit into its neighborhood and foster a sense of community and connection, the building resets development expectations for commercial design in terms of public/private engagement and functional design.
Multiple sidewalk entries to retail spaces
Building components –
Programmatically, the building is divided into two components. The podium is a richly-toned and textured, sinuously-curving three-story element notable for its porous ground plane that merges its prominent market hall with outdoor spaces to create a hub of activity.
Rich palette of materials for 400 Fairview
A contrasting, narrow, ten-story office tower featuring dynamically patterned windows rises above the podium. The tower is hinged slightly at mid-block to enhance views. Both podium and tower are formed with integrally-colored precast concrete panels; a sandblasted pattern of circles at street level, and a smooth texture for the tower.
Building mass concept
The solution to resetting the typical language of commercial development is achieved through an open, engaging and informal approach to architectural expression that is present throughout the building—from plan to massing, and materiality.
Ground floor plan
Engaging community within the mixed use building –
Everything about the street-level experience is designed to increase the sense of invitation and engagement with its surroundings. There are large and frequent entries on all sides of the building, including the alley thus improve movement throughout the site.
Building section through the Market hall
The creation of a market hall that runs the length of the block to merge retail, office workers and passersby was done. A rich palette of materials that spills into sheltered exterior spaces, including a plaza and large-scale stoops. The curation of local retail to create a rich and varied experience that brings life to the building from morning until night.
Retail space on ground floor
Building cross section
Interior glass skylight – Light monitor
Food joints on the ground floor
Natural light floods into the market hall from three large, fully-glazed monitors, which also open to podium-level offices and afford views across floors. The building’s top floor accommodates a rooftop restaurant and deck that is open to the public—a rare opportunity for the community to enjoy views of the city and Lake Union.
Rooftop garden restaurant
Window pattern along facade –
The patterning of the tower fenestration was inspired by the rustic weave found in natural fabrics, such as linen, flax or silk—irregularities that contribute to its relaxed, natural feel. Rather than employ ribbon windows found on so many office buildings, glazing is composed of five distinct modules.
Precast panels for windows
A system of ten-foot-wide window and precast panel modules are offset and rotated horizontally and vertically to create the varied window layout. White or black window frames create an additional layer of visual texture, which is revealed as one approaches the building. An additional benefit of the atypical window module is that it translates into a wide variety of room sizes, providing more flexibility for tenants.
400 Fairview building as seen from Harrison Street
Building view from Republican Street and Fairview Avenue
Inside, the unique “side-core” design moves the elevator and service functions from the middle of the floor plate to the edge, thereby increasing the efficiency and flexibility of the large floor plates. The building is LEED Platinum certified.
Lighting design in the stair block
Elevator and stair block
Project details –
Project name – 400 Fairview
Architect – SkB Architects
Architect of Record – Kendall/Heaton Associates
Project location – Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Completion year – 2017
Photography – © Spencer Lowell, SkB Architects
Owners – TIAA-CREF, Skanska
Developer – Skanska USA Commercial Development
Landscape design – Swift Co.
Geotechnical engineer – PanGeo
Structural engineer – Magnusson Klemencic Associates
General contractor – Skanska USA
Acoustical consultant – Shen Milsom & Wilke
Mechanical, Plumbing – WSP