Adjacent to the Pike Place Market and on the edge between downtown and Belltown, The Emerald is a new high-rise condominium project that enjoys one of the most unique and “authentically Seattle” addresses.
The small, 7,350 sf, irregular shaped site at the southwest corner of 2nd Ave. and Stewart Street lends itself to a distinctive design solution. As the 439 ft, 40-story structure increases in height, the floor plates expand to over 9,100 sf by cantilevering over its neighbor, the Broadacres Building, to the south. The shape of the The Emerald’s expanded floors take on the shape of the shifting street grid pattern between downtown Seattle and Belltown. This expression strengthens a relationship between the site and architectural form.
Exterior materials were selected to reinforce the unique nature of the cantilevered, angled form. A two-story high cast glass channel form on the second and third floors contains restaurant and residential amenity uses. This cast glass channel bar cuts across the site creating a residential amenity terrace on the third floor and offers a vantage point to Pike Place Market for restaurant patrons and residents alike. The shaft of the tower above is a blend of transparent, semi-reflective, and opaque glass as a means to achieve a clean, uncluttered form.
Roof-level amenity spaces and terraces will command sweeping views westward to Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountain range.
Once complete, The Emerald’s future residents will be able to share in the excitement of the energy of the Market, the Seattle Waterfront and downtown commercial core within steps from their home.