Plans unveiled for ZGF and Cotter’s twisted tower in downtown Seattle

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A rendering of 2014 Fairview Ave, Option 3 (ZGF Cotter Architects)

A rendering of 2014 Fairview Ave, Option 3 (ZGF Cotter Architects)

There is a new proposal for yet another skyscraper in the Denny Triangle neighborhood in downtown Seattle—this time by ZGF and Cotter Architects. The 41-story tower is in the early design guidance phase and would bring in 10,000 square feet of ground-level retail housed in a podium and 420 apartments rising above.

An early massing model (ZGF Cotter Architects)

An early massing model (ZGF Cotter Architects)

Renderings of the building—dubbed 2014 Fairview Avenue—depict an organic, twisted tower rimmed with curved balconies. It’s a little reminiscent of MAD’s pair of residential towers completed in 2012 in a Canadian suburb outside of Toronto.

The building would sit on a roughly triangular site carved by the intersection of five streets: Denny Way to the north, Fairview Avenue to the west, Virginia Street to the east, as well as Boren Avenue to the southwest, and Minor Avenue to the northeast. The site is about a ten-minute walk northeast from the under-construction Amazon campus, and is currently home to the two-story strip mall, Denny Center, which would be demolished according to early design guidance documents.

A budget isn’t set yet, but construction is tentatively expected to start a year from now, in the fall of 2016.

A concept diagram of Option 3 (ZGF Cotter Architects)

A concept diagram of Option 3 (ZGF Cotter Architects)

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