NBBJ’s Office, Seattle – Design & Architecture
A sophisticated new life was created for this turn-of-the-century warehouse. Except for the discreet addition of a new entry vestibule, solar-tinted window panes, the skylight, and rooftop greenhouse, architecture building stands virtually intact.
The sandstone exterior was cleaned and restored. The interior brick bearing walls and heavy timber structure were cleaned and left exposed. The NBBJ office building architecture design was improved seismically and new stairs, elevators, indirect lighting and air conditioning were added.
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A new central stairwell was designed which opens the five-storey building to a large skylight above. Balconies on the sides look down upon the zig-zagging wit staircase and open the floors to each other. On the roof, a glared penthouse provides an appropriate retreat from Seattle’s mild, often grey weather. It also offers a breathtaking panorama of the city, Puget Sound, and tie mountains.
Construction of open work areas serve the changing needs of 15 to 25 person design teams and support groups. The luminous and flexible working environment contrasts smooth, new surfaces with timber and brick. This building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. NBBJ for it’s exceptional work in the field of architecture was also named as one of the top 10 most innovative Architecture firms by the Fast Company.