Ankrom Moisan played a unique role as Architect of Record on the West Edge Tower, beginning work from a previously approved exterior design permit with little more than a concept design. Working collaboratively with the Design Architect, our team refined and developed the project’s overall exterior design, walkway connections, and rooftop.
A landmark site, 2nd and Pike is located where four distinct Seattle neighborhoods converge: Belltown, Downtown, Pike Place, and Pioneer Square. From massing and fenestration to ground-level entries, our team approached every element of the tower as a key connection point between building users and the adjacent neighborhoods.
Publicly accessible interior and exterior spaces combine to create a multi-faceted building that is simultaneously transparent and dynamic. West Edge has distinctive sidewalk-level doorways to attract pedestrians. Working closely with our Interior Design team, we turned a significant design challenge into the signature lobby experience—the Green Jewel Box—where a skylight and interior courtyard meet. Viewable though a glass window at the parking ramp entry as well as a slot window on each floor, a living Japanese maple sits in an open glass frame, beckoning to all.
Conceived as three separate volumes—podium, tower, and penthouse—each part attains a distinct presence and human-oriented scale for the site. The exterior tiers shift from darker, more solid tones at the base to lighter, more airy tones as the tower rises into the sky. In the podium’s smaller units, the windows’ styles and modulation express an overall loft aesthetic. In the tower, elegant apartments reflect a calming sophistication; at the top, the penthouses exude polish, finish, and lightness.