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April 7, 2015

Cubist, Angle or Grid? 3 options for big Clise complex on Seventh

Image courtesy of Graphite Design Group/Clise Properties [enlarge]
The Cubist option is three nearly identical cubed forms stacked on a podium.

Here is a look at all three options. (Click to enlarge)

A meeting tonight will look at Clise Properties' proposal for two 40-story residential towers and about 180,000 square feet of office space at 2301 Seventh Ave. in Seattle.

The early design guidance meeting is at 7 p.m. in Room L280 of City Hall at 600 Fifth Ave.

Graphite Design Group is the architect, and the site is on Seventh Avenue between Battery and Bell streets in the Denny Triangle.

The property is across an alley from Antioch University and near the blocks where Amazon.com is constructing more than 3 million square feet of office space.

Clise is seeking a master use permit for the project, which would have two towers on a 10-story podium. The podium would include townhouse units, five levels of office space and parking for residents.

The complex would have a total of 746 residential units, 21,000 square feet of retail, 960 stalls for vehicles and 400 stalls for bikes.

The podium would have a terrace, and there would be a “sky garden” on the upper floors of both towers. Office levels would have private amenities.

Clise is considering three options for the towers. Here they are:

• The Cubist, three nearly identical cubed forms stacked on a podium of approximately 125 feet

• The Angle, two nearly identical structures set at a 45-degree angle from Seventh Avenue

• The Grid, a non-symmetrical composition designed so the towers would “look past each other”

Elements on the base would use shapes and materials common to newer designs in the neighborhood, the proposal says. Sidewalks would have weather protection, and there would be plantings and street furniture.

The proposal notes that with retail, office and housing, there would be “eyes on the street” at all hours.

On the site today is parking, a transmission shop and a car rental “hut.”

Amazon's announcement that it would expand in the neighborhood triggered a wave of new housing development. A number of high-rise apartment projects — and one condo development — have been built or are in the pipeline, including a high-rise apartment tower Graphite is designing for Clise at 2202 Eighth Ave.

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