‘How HEWITT Designed a Breathtaking Residential Tower’ -Seattle Met

Article originally published February 14, 2019 in the Seattle Met.

Who better to have designed your new home—the 439-foot-tall architectural wonder one block from Pike Place Market—than an award-winning architecture firm that’s located next door? The team at Hewitt intimately knows the Pike Place Market and waterfront neighborhood, and their familiarity has allowed them to design a stunning residential tower that offers unobstructed views and melds seamlessly with its downtown environment.

Situated on a 7,350-square-foot corner lot, The Emerald boasts an ingenious floor plan that expands up to 9,100 square feet as it rises. This elegant architectural expression results in a tall, slender tower that soars skyward over its neighbors in an angled, cantilever form with panoramic vistas of the water, mountains, and internationally recognized landmarks.

The podium of the tower takes its cues from its Market neighbor and proximity to the waterfront, creating a relationship between residents and the vibrant street life swirling beyond the building’s front door. The façade blends transparent, semi-reflective, and opaque glass, while the structure boasts materials like flame-textured granite and milky white-green channel glass to add a touch of grit that authentically complements the Market. On the third level, a terrace is capped with a Western red cedar soffit. Together these elements serve as a reflection of the Pacific Northwest sky, water, and natural beauty, now interpreted for contemporary living. One thing is certain if you call The Emerald home: You won’t be living in a typical shoebox tower.

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