Kengo Kuma proposes a new skyscraper incorporating a historic Gothic Revival facade in Seattle

Kengo Kuma & Associates have designed a new 40-story mixed-use skyscraper behind a historic Gothic Revival facade in the Belltown neighbourhood, Seattle. The project is made in collaboration with Ankrom Moisan Architects and landscape architecture firm Berger Partnership and aims to reuse the ornate five-story Bebb & Gould’s Terminal Sales Annex facade.
Sited on the corner of Second Avenue and Virginia Street, the project reinforces the Gothic and Art Deco heritage of Seattle’s downtown. The new skyscraper will include condominium units, a hotel and co-working space. Spaces on the ground floor will be dedicated to a restaurant, elevator cores for the residential and hotel programs, and loading dock spaces.
Made with a series of vertically-oriented “regulating lines” and a stepped massing, the project aims to align with the existing historic building.
Renderings also depict vertical bands running up the length of the tower with an inset arcade and porte-cochere flanking the corner plaza.