ED lab INC
Robin Randall

Seattle World Trade Center

“Waterfront Beacons in Gray Flannel Suits”

Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership
Project Designer: Robin Randall
Photography: Pete Eckert,
Eckert & Eckert Photography
Client: Port of Seattle and Wright Runstad and Company

Completed in 1998
Science of Learning:
This spectacular site with sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains required a solution to captivate and inspire. The developer requested a sophisticated, timeless, economical solution. These sister buildings are divided by the Burlington Northern Railway and their entries front on different addresses. Learners inspired by the view and lobby lanterns, lease space in Seattle’s World Trade Center.

Language of Nature:
The two fit comfortably in the neighboring waterfront buildings and ease the transition between the working waterfront and the downtown market and office core. The west building is four stories with a top floor lantern that houses the executive dining room. The east building is six stories with terraces for tenants and outdoor public plaza and gardens on top of its lantern form.

Art of Innovation:
Each building has a concrete structure with precast concrete cladding. Rheinzink metal cladding is used as part of the window wall system and fascia, selected to persevere the salty weather conditions of the Port of Seattle.